A MAN who entered his former partner’s bedroom during the night after phoning her 54 times has been jailed for stalking her.

Paul Kehoe, 42, from Hastings, entered the flat of his ex-partner in St Leonards twice, uninvited, in the early hours of May 14 and later that same morning, after refusing to accept her decision that their 11-year relationship was over.

She called the police and, although he had left before officers arrived, he was tracked down and arrested later the same day.

Kehoe, now of Wilmington Square, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates Court on June 28 to stalking without violence, but only on the morning a trial was due to start.

He was given a 14-week prison sentence and a two-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his ex-partner and from being in Hastings or St Leonards.

The Argus: Paul Kehoe was jailed for 14 weeks and issued with a two-year restraining orderPaul Kehoe was jailed for 14 weeks and issued with a two-year restraining order

Detective Constable Ella Bigsby of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “Kehoe’s unpleasant conduct was also fixated, unwanted and repeated, and he has now faced the consequences.

“His victim was made anxious and felt very vulnerable due to his behaviour, and we admire her resolution in being prepared to give evidence against him, which in the end was not necessary.”

Anyone with concerns around stalking or harassment should contact the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.