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Grant ‘stalked ex-partner with tracking device for 2 years’

  • Jamiel Grant stalked his ex for two years
  • He purchased a discreet tracking device online
  • His ex had to relocate several times

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Jamiel Grant

Jamiel Grant, 29, of Grove Road, Mitcham, stood at Southwark Crown Court on 7th June 2023 accused of stalking his ex-partner for two years following the end of their relationship in 2020. He was handed 4 and a 1/2 years imprisonment.

Between October of 2020 and October of 2022, Grant showed up at her home repeatedly and wouldn’t leave. On certain occasions, he kicked at her front door and tapped her windows at night, the court was informed. All this was done to instill fear in her.

On December 26th 2020, for instance, he entered her residence without her consent, then proceeded to assault her upon her demanding him to depart from her property.

According to the court, Grant placed his arms over her neck, preventing her from breathing, and then suffocated her with a pillow before fleeing.

When she was out and about, he would constantly ‘bump into’ her. Mr Skinner said that the frequency with which he did this led her to feel he was following her every move.

When Grant was ultimately apprehended, authorities discovered that he had sought for and acquired a tracking device, according to the court.

Judge Hales KC told Grant: “You had a tracking device and if you were using it to track her movements, and it seems you were, then your offending involved a degree of planning.” 

In a victim impact statement, his victim describes having to relocate her and her family several times in attempt escape him.

She said: “I always feel I have to park far away from my home, not directly outside, just in case he has followed me, and I am forced to uproot my family again.” 

She added: “It sounds silly because I was even scared to have conversations on my phone because I was convinced he was listening.” 

Grant would also repeatedly send her abusive messages by text, phone, email and social media, the court heard. 

She was heading home on October 5, 2022, when he raced by her and stole her bag, which held her phone and laptop.

Grant was detained later, and police discovered her belongings on his premises. He denied any involvement in the heist, claiming that the bag was planted.

A coin-based tracking device
An example of a discreet, coin-based tracking device

When the victim’s laptop and phone were returned to her, she discovered that the nasty emails he had written to her had been wiped from the devices. She had taken photographs of them earlier, so she had evidence.

The victim said: “I am concerned that when he is released from prison he will target me again. I genuinely believe that he might do the same thing to another woman.” 

“I just don’t know how someone could do this to the mother of his child, constantly breaking down the person who is raising his son,” the victim said.

He has a previous conviction for violating a restraining order involving a different former girlfriend, according to Southwark Crown Court.

Grant had been in care as a youngster, which explained his difficulty in building mature relationships, according to the court.

Grant apologised for his acts, but the judge found that his apologies were not entirely genuine.

Judge Hales said: “You minimise your responsibility and seek to apportion blame in her direction. As your previous convictions reveal, this is an emerging patter in your relationships.” 

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