An elderly man ruined a woman’s life by stalking her and subjecting her to years of harassment, a court was told.
Stanislaw Johnson was jailed for three years by a judge who called him a “bully”.
Preston Crown Court heard that on two occasions he shouted that he would rape the woman’s child and that she would burn in hell.
The vile comments were directed at the woman when she visited her parents who lived in the same neighbourhood.
Johnson, of Nethway Avenue, Blackpool, appeared for sentencing on his 71st birthday, having been found guilty by a jury of two offences of acting in breach of a restraining order, plus one offence of stalking, likely to cause fear of violence or serious alarm, or distress.
The stalking took place between December 2012 and June last year.
In February 2008 Johnson was sentenced for harassing the same woman and given a prison sentence.
Two years later, he was sent to prison for harassing her again. Because of his behaviour, a restraining order was made on him in October 2010.
That restraining order has now been breached four times.
Johnson represented himself at the trial and also at yesterday’s sentencing hearing.
The judge dealing with his case said he had shown erratic behaviour in court.
The woman’s evidence was that if he saw her, he would say things to unsettle her. Johnson had made comments about zombies and frequently told her she would burn in hell.
The woman was deeply affected by what took place. She started drinking heavily, had to give up her job and became unfit to drive due to panic attacks.
“It has affected my whole life and ruined it”, she said.
At the end of his trial, the judge had adjourned sentencing for a psychiatric report on Johnson.
But the defendant had not engaged with a psychiatrist on matters of interest, so the report was of limited help in the case, said the judge.
Judge, Recorder Brian Cummings, told Johnson: “You should be thoroughly ashamed.”