A married stalker who hacked into his mistress’s emails after their affair failed is a former IT director for the Metropolitan Police.
Fringford man James Houseman-Heard, 43, received a suspended 16-month prison sentence at Oxford Crown Court this week after he admitted stalking the woman after their brief relationship broke down in November 2020.
He was eventually arrested on February 6 last year, after the victim’s neighbor caught him prowling outside the woman’s home in Ambrosden.
Checks of the IT expert’s work computer and other digital devices showed he had hacked into his former mistress’s computer, attempted to access her social media accounts and also carried out Internet searches to check the law on various offenses – including criminal damage – before proceeding. to engage them.
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In a statement, a Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed Houseman-Heard had been attached to the London Forces Digital Policing Team.
The former manager resigned from the Met in November 2021, nine months after he was arrested by Thames Valley Police for criminal harassment.
Sentencing him on Thursday to 16 months suspended for two years, recorder Oxford judge Ian Pringle QC said: ‘When the relationship broke down in early November you just didn’t accept that and you you’ve behaved in a truly appalling way over the next few months harassing her.
He received an indefinite restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the woman.
Welcoming the conviction, Detective Tania Wasilewski-Norman, based at Didcot Police Station, said: ‘I would like to salute the bravery of the victim in this case who has continued to support an investigation, even though she has brought back traumatic memories and events.
“The victim trusted Houseman-Heard and he abused that trust by stalking her and continuing to infiltrate her life.
“Thames Valley Police are committed to bringing domestic abusers and stalkers to justice and protecting those who are most vulnerable.
“I would also like to commend the initial investigator, PC Megan Abraham, who collected vital evidence, which resulted in Houseman-Heard being charged.
“I hope that in time the victim can learn to trust and feel safe in their own home again, and I urge anyone suffering from similar circumstances to contact Thames Valley Police.”
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