Woman harassed friends and families of abusive ex with nude videos and takeaways

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A woman harassed the friends and family of her abusive ex by sending them unpaid takeaways, nude videos of him and visits from the police.

Shelby Gratty, 20, had been in an on/off relationship with the man where she suffered from "significant domestic violence" but must now pay compensation to those close to him.

She began a campaign of harassment against his mum, sisters and grandparents of his friend after he was convicted and jailed for grievous bodily harm against her, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Tameside Magistrates' Court, Greater Manchester, heard she began an "extraordinary" court of action where she sent unpaid takeaway round to the grandparents of her ex-partner's friend. On one occasion they received five in just an hour.

Gratty then made hoax calls to the police claiming women were being held hostage at their address, leading to multiple searches.

She pleaded guilty to five offences of sending a communication of an indecent or offensive nature, two of harassment, an offence of causing a public nuisance and criminal damage.

She was handed a 12-month community order, 25 days of rehabilitation activity requirements while she was ordered to pay £50 compensation to each of the five victims.

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Her ex-partner's mum said in a statement: "I believe she was doing this on purpose and wanted to get back at my family due to issues between her and my son.

"I don't think it's acceptable for her to be sending his sister videos of her brother."

The takeaways started turning up at the grandparents of a friend of Gratty's ex-boyfriend from May last year.

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In a victim statement read to the court, the grandfather said: "I am always nervous at home in case the police turn up again.

"I have been recently diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and all this adds to the undue stress on me and my family.

"It’s just relentless and I have noticed it has affected my wife – I just want all this to stop."

Gratty was said to have no previous convictions.

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In mitigation, her defence lawyer Sam Corcoran said: "It's quite clear from the pre-sentence report she does not seek to excuse her behaviour.

“She suffered significant domestic violence and her ex-partner received a four-year custodial sentence for an offence of grievous bodily harm against her.

"She doesn’t seek to excuse the fact she lashed out – that’s quite apparent.

“These are the actions of a woman who didn’t know which way to turn and had taken some really inappropriate course of action against people who had no responsibility for what he was doing to her at the time."

Sentencing her, JP Graham Gosling said: “There was serious distress caused to all the victims over an extended period of time.

"However we have also taken into account your early guilty plea, the fact you have got no previous convictions, your age and lack of maturity, and the information in the pre-sentence report.

"These actions took place some time ago and have not been repeated."

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