A man who sent hundreds of malicious and threatening texts to a Sheffield resident has been sentenced to 22-months in prison after appearing at Sheffield Crown Court today (Thursday 22 March).
Scott Taylor, 30, of Stradbroke Road in Sheffield, sent the texts and made phone calls to a 57-year-old man and members of his family during the course of a year, leaving the man so traumatised by the communications that he installed CCTV cameras around his home.
The court heard how Taylor text his victim to inform him, ‘got a bullet with your name on it’, and sent another text ending with the words ‘bang,bang’.
PC Dean McLaughlin of South Yorkshire Police established that pre-paid telephone SIM cards were being used to enable the calls and traced the perpetrator through CCTV of him buying the cards. On at least one occasion, Taylor made threats to one of his victims just minutes after purchasing a new SIM card.
Speaking after today’s sentencing, PC McLaughlin said: “Taylor went to considerable lengths to avoid detection while undertaking a prolonged campaign of harassment and malice, which understandably left his victims suffering emotional damage on the back of the threats. It is rewarding to be able to bring him before the courts and will bring comfort to the recipients of his calls.
“Taylor was mistaken in his belief that he would stay ahead of the law and people should be assured that our officers will continue to take crimes of this nature seriously and bring offenders to book.”