A man who 'terrorised' his ex-wife by tracking her movements, hacking her emails and phone and sleeping in her bed when she wasn't at home, has been convicted of stalking.

William Jaycock, 34, of Orchard Way, Kidlington, was convicted of stalking without fear of violence after he pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates' Court yesterday.

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He stalked his victim, a woman in her thirties, between January 12, 2020 and January 30, 2021.

When Jaycock’s relationship with his wife broke down, he started a campaign against her in which he stalked her, in an attempt to rekindle the relationship and stop her from meeting anyone else.

He hacked her e-mails and phone, obtaining details of people the victim was communicating with, and then created false identities to attack the character of the person.

Jaycock also contacted ex-partners of a person the victim was talking to, and also accessed and changed details within her phone meaning messages meant for others came to him instead.

He tracked her phone by activating an app on it, and hid another phone in her car so he could trace her movements.

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The stalker turned up unannounced at her house and in other places and  also broke intosl her house on two occasions when she wasn’t there, slept in her bed and defaced personal items in her home with abusive messages.

Jaycock will be sentenced at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on December 15.

Specialist case investigator, Rebecca Newman of the Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “This has been a complex investigation into a hugely degrading campaign launched by Mr Jaycock in January 2020. He terrorised his ex-wife for a year and the nature of his actions were humiliating and intended to cause distress to her.

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"I am pleased Mr Jaycock entered a guilty plea, which will hopefully end the torment for the victim.

“Stalking is a crime which puts the victim through psychological pain and it will not be tolerated and we would encourage victims to please come forward. There is further information and advice on stalking on our website, where you can access support and also how to report stalking and harassment.”

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