By Connie Osborne Tuesday 22 October 2013 Updated: 23/10 14:55
A FORMER HMP Hewell prisoner who harassed and threatened his ex-girlfriend while serving time for grievous bodily harm has been jailed again.
Paul Biddle, originally from Worcester, pleaded guilty to harassment and common assault on his ex partner at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday, October 15.
The 32-year-old, who is currently serving four years for breaking the jaw of another partner, began harassing the victim by phone in 2012 while at Hewell prison.
He insulted her, threatened her, encouraged her to commit suicide and even told her he would kill her when he was released.
Between October 29 and December 10 last year, the Prison Service recorded that Biddle made more than 1,000 minutes of calls across 519 occasions to the same woman.
On November 21, he then assaulted her during a visit to HMP Hewell, when he told her to hold out her hands and pushed his thumbnail into her so hard it made her bleed, despite him claiming she had cut it on a drinks can.
The Prison Service raised the case with West Mercia Police who launched an investigation and charged Biddle with harassment and common assault.
He was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for the offences, which included three months for the assault to run concurrently.
He was also given a five year order which prohibits him from abusing or threatening any woman physically or verbally.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC, said: "I have not seen a history as violent as yours for many years. You do not seem to understand that your behaviour is intimidating and that you are a coward, more importantly a bully.
"I direct that any court that should deal with you in the future, for any breaches, must ensure that you serve a full term in custody."
Det Con Joanne Sanders from South Worcestershire Domestic Abuse Team, said the sentencing reflected the level of domestic abuse and violence Biddle used on women.
"He is very controlling - during the calls from prison he repeatedly told his victim 'if I didn’t love you I would not tell you these things'.
"I hope this tough order from the judge will help protect women from Biddle. When he is released, he will also be subject to a multi-agency public protection agreement, where the police and our partners at the likes of the Prison Service and Probation will monitor Biddle and any relationships he gets involved in."
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