Stalking to become a criminal offence

Following a lengthy campaign and a Parliamentary enquiry earlier this year the Government has introduced two new offences, stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence.

Pressure to reform the law came after a series of cases whereby stalkers went on to kill their victims.

Lorna Smith was stalked on Facebook by her ex-boyfriend Clifford Mills before being stabbed to death by him in February last year. Mr Mills was convicted of her murder in February of this year and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The new offence of stalking carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment whereas the more serious offence of stalking involving a fear of violence carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.

Many campaigners would say that this development is long overdue bearing in mind that stalking was made an offence in Scotland in 2012.

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