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Tyrone man jailed for two years after stalking and threatening woman in UK

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking involving serious alarm and distress.

Riagain Granger

Neasa Cumiskey

An Irish man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after stalking and threatening a fellow student in England.

Filmmaker Riagain Granger, who is originally from Trillick in Co. Tyrone, admitted to stalking his 21-year-old victim when the pair studied together in Manchester.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking involving serious alarm and distress.

Greater Manchester Police said that he began to bombard the woman with messages for three months from September 2019 after their friendship deteriorated.

He sent her a number of messages threatening to harm and kill, as well as photographs taken outside her house that were sent from various anonymous accounts.

He was also spotted near the victim's address on several occasions.

Speaking before Manchester Crown Court, the victim said that Grainger’s actions made her feel unsafe and she had “constant nightmares about him attacking me, hurting me.”

She said: “Every time I would block an account, within five minutes, there would be a new one.

“I would wake up and have several different accounts messaging me, with multiple messages. I could barely have a chance to breathe before there would be another.

“It wasn't just the fear of getting a message, it was the fear of what those messages said. It tore my confidence away.

“I never felt safe. I still don't feel safe. Even now, every single night I am woken up by him. Every single night he is torturing me again.”

Grainger was jailed for two-and-a-half years and handed an indefinite restraining order.

Detective Constable Thomas Small said: “Everyone has the right to live their life without fear and harassment, and Grainger made that impossible for this young woman.”

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