Barking and Dagenham detective jailed for harassment
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A Barking and Dagenham police officer has been jailed for 16 weeks after harassing his ex-partner, a former domestic abuse victim.
DS Ian Mangham, 50, was sentenced at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court on Friday after subjecting the woman to a barrage of unwanted attention. He was labelled “cruel and vindictive” by the judge.
Mangham subjected the victim to months of harassment, which included printing the woman’s telephone number on leaflets advertising sexual services, subsequently found in telephone boxes and gents toilets in pubs and public places.
The police officer became involved with the woman when he was investigating a case of domestic abuse in which she was the victim and pursued her until they began seeing each other.
Their relationship ended in 2013 but it was then he began his campaign of harassment, turning up at her home unannounced and sending her unwanted magazines and parcels to her home.
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Mangham was arrested on March 31 last year and pleaded not guilty when he appeared at court on September 3.
In summing up, the judge said he had no option other than to give the disgraced police officer an immediate custodial sentence.
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In addition to 16 weeks in jail, Mangham was ordered to pay £3,000 compensation and £500 costs.
A misconduct review will be carried out by the Directorate of Professional Standards following the sentence.