Chesterfield man jailed after harassing ex-wife

Pictured is Rezki Khaled Babou, 35, of South Street North, New Whittington, Chesterfield, who has been jailed for 24 weeks for repeatedly breaching a restraining order and a non-molestation order and for two counts of assault.
Pictured is Rezki Khaled Babou, 35, of South Street North, New Whittington, Chesterfield, who has been jailed for 24 weeks for repeatedly breaching a restraining order and a non-molestation order and for two counts of assault.
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A menace who attacked his wife and later harassed her with mobile phone calls has been jailed.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, how Rezki Khaled Babou, 35, of South Street North, New Whittington, Chesterfield, had already been given a suspended prison sentence and a restraining order for assaulting his former wife and their son.

But after Babou went on to phone his ex-wife three times and verbally abuse her, he was put behind bars for 24 weeks.

Prosecuting solicitor Lynn Manning said Babou verbally abused her during two of the calls.

The complainant managed to phone police after the first call and answered the second call from Babou on speaker phone so police could hear.

Miss Manning added that Babou also called a third time and told his ex-wife he had misdialled.

The complainant revealed that the harassment was awful and she feared Babou was going to take her son to Algeria.

Defence solicitor Philip Morris said: “The behaviour of this defendant arises from the breakdown of his marriage which he couldn’t accept and resulted in intense difficulties giving rise to the conviction for assault and that was the catalyst for subsequent offending.”

Mr Morris argued Babou had struggled to get contact with his son but there had been no intention to snatch him. Babou pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order three times by making the phone calls in January. Before sentencing, Judge Andrew Davison considered Babou’s previous conviction for breaching a restraining order and Babou’s suspended sentence previously imposed for two assaults and for breaching non-molestation orders.

Babou was also ordered to pay £730 in compensation and legal costs and he must comply indefinitely with a restraining order.