A man who obsessively stalked his former driving instructor
for four years and threatened to kill her has been sentenced
to five years in prison.
Vincent Warren was sentenced today at the Christchurch
District Court to a minimum of three years and four months.
He became infatuated with the woman while he was a student at
a driving course she taught.
The 39-year-old would linger at the woman's home and work,
and sent her increasingly concerning messages, including
threats to kidnap, torture and murder her.
Judge Alistair Garland told Warren his offending was one of
the most concerning cases he had ever dealt with.
The judge told the court the probation report showed Warren
had a high risk of re-offending and his attitude suggested he
would re-start the harassment if he was released from prison.
The victim is considering moving overseas to distance herself
from the psychological harm Warren had caused.
- By Newstalk ZB