Pub owner who bombarded his ex with messages and accused her of abuse in harassment efforts is jailed

Pub owner, 53, who bombarded his ex-girlfriend with messages and accused her of domestic abuse as part of a harassment campaign after their split is jailed for 16 weeks

  • Gareth Slattery was jailed for 16 weeks for stalking his ex-girlfriend
  • The judge dismissed the 53-year-old’s claims that he was abused
  • He showed up outside her workplace and yelled that she had chlamydia and herpes

An award-winning pub owner has been jailed for harassment after a judge dismissed his claims against his ex-girlfriend.

Welsh host Gareth Slattery, 53, bombarded her with spam messages and showed up at her workplace, her home and her solicitors’ homes, Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard.

Slattery, who lives in Barry, Wales, launched a “calculated and deliberate” campaign of harassment against his former partner after their eight-month romance ended in 2021, the court heard.

The victim was tagged in a video posted by Slattery on social media site TikTok accusing her of being a narcissist and an abuser.

He said: “I am a 53 year old victim of domestic violence. As a male victim, I am not heard…this is what you did to me.

The court heard the harassment took place between August and September last year.

Slattery was found guilty of non-violent harassment after a trial.

District Judge Stephen Harmes said Slattery, who had previous convictions for harassment and violation of a restraining order, tried to claim he had been abused, but in reality he had abused his victim in a “vile way”.

Welsh landlord Gareth Slattery, 53, was jailed for 16 weeks for harassing and harassing his ex-girlfriend

Slattery owns the award-winning Butterfly Collector pub in Barry, South Wales.

Slattery owns the award-winning Butterfly Collector pub in Barry, South Wales.

Slattery, owner of the Butterfly Collector pub in Barry – which won the SME National Business Awards Pub of the Year in 2019, launched his harassment campaign in August last year after their relationship ended.

The Butterfly Collector pub won the SME National Business Awards Pub of the Year in 2019

The Butterfly Collector pub won the SME National Business Awards Pub of the Year in 2019

Prosecutor Georgia Donohue said the now-deleted video that tagged the victim was posted online on August 23, 2021, before he showed up at his workplace a day later.

Ms Donohue said Slattery stood outside her desk and called her on the phone, saying: ‘I’m not going to come near you. I don’t want herpes or chlamydia anymore.

The court heard that the victim had visited his lawyer the next day for advice when she heard Slattery shouting: ‘Shit. Shit.’

Ms Donohue said: ‘She saw the defendant standing there. She knew the comments were meant for her because there was no one else around.

The court heard the victim also heard her ex screaming about herpes while she was in her bedroom on August 26.

The next day she spotted him on her way to Tesco when she asked: ‘Please don’t talk to me, I’m not allowed to talk to you.’

But he shouted that the victim “had herpes”, which the call handler overheard as she was on the phone with 999.

Aled Owen, the representative, told the court that it has now been more than a year since his client committed an offence.

His lawyer said: ‘He has moved on and has another relationship with a professional woman.

Mr Owen added that he employed four people at his pub who could lose their jobs if taken into police custody.

Judge Harmes said: ‘I find he has decided to make his life a misery. It was quite calculated and deliberate.

“It was as bad as it gets in terms of harassment. You are an avowed stalker and this was an awful case.

Slattery, of Barry, was jailed for 16 weeks, ordered to pay the victim £500 compensation and given a five-year restraining order.

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