A PERVERT hounded more than 100 women by making dirty and threatening phone calls over a six-year period.

Stephen Wright-Hadley used hundreds of different mobile phones and would make calls from across the South of England in a bid to avoid capture.

In one call he told a terrified victim: “I’m going to put a cleaver up you and cut you.”

Wright-Hadley, 40, told others he would “stuff their knickers down their throats”. One victim said: “I felt utterly helpless. I didn’t want to answer the phone for fear of who was on the other side.”

The women did not know who Wright-Hadley was and feared someone they knew may be making the threats.

In most phone calls he demanded women tell him about the size of their breasts and what underwear they wore.

The women all thought he was performing a sex act while making the calls, Lewes Crown Court heard.

In the Skype court hearing, Wright-Hadley, who lives with his parents in Burgess Hill, admitted a single charge of causing a public nuisance by making repeated phone calls to women of a sexual nature.

He was given a two-year suspended prison sentence by Judge Stephen Mooney.

Helen Dawson, prosecuting, said the offences took place between January 2013 and December 2019.

When arrested, Wright-Hadley had hundreds of mobile phones. He claimed he was “repulsed” by his behaviour.

Rupert Hallowes, defending, said Wright-Hadley has battled anxiety, depression and inadequacy, becoming a recluse.

He sleeps in the same room as his father, the court heard.

One victim said: “I have lost confidence when I have been out of the house. I’m unsure if I’m being watched and am fearful of being attacked. He used words like rape in his call. It made me suspicious of family members and friends.

“I was frightened to answer calls, I felt hounded.”

Judge Mooney said: “Seeking sexual gratification, you made calls making sexually explicit comments about what you would like to do to these women.

“But that became more sinister, speaking of your desires you made threats to rape and choke them. You kept your location and number hidden. They were left profoundly disturbed at the thought of what you might be capable of.”

The judge said the crimes involved elements of stalking and voyeurism and were “degrading and humiliating, treating anonymous women as sexual objects”.

Wright-Hadley, of Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill, was put under a sexual harm prevention order for ten years along with a six-month curfew between 6pm and 7am.

He was also ordered to complete rehabilitation with a sex offenders programme.