A man who conducted a sustained campaign of harassment against his ex-partner has been jailed.

David Kemp, 41, of Hillside Terrace, Braintree, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, four counts of assault, burglary, two counts of criminal damage, three counts of theft, fraud by false representation, harassment and fraud, all relating to his former partner.

He was also charged with separately with possession of cocaine.

The offences against his partner started in May and continued until the middle of August.

At a previous hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, the court heart how the couple had been in relationship for two months before things started to deteriorate.

Kemp became violently obsessed with his girlfriend and attacked her after accusing her of infidelity during an incident in May.

He admitted the charges of assault, harassment, fraud, theft and possession of drugs at Chelmsford Crown Court.

At the court hearing on Monday, January 29, Kemp was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

He was also fined and a restraining order was put in place, preventing him from approaching his former partner.

Two charges of assault, burglary and theft will remain on file after Kemp admitted the more serious charges.