Man, 21, harassed married Grindr date he met just once

Man, 21, launched harassment campaign after being rejected by married Grindr date he met just ONCE, even threatening to throw a firework at his victim’s husband

  • Perry Marshall, 21, matched victim on Grindr before meeting at a pub in Urmston 
  • Marshall then began a campaign of harassment against the man and his husband
  • He bombarded the victim with texts, and even threatened them with a firework 
  • In court, Marshall admitted putting a person in fear of violence by harassment
  • He was sentenced to nine months in prison, but it was suspended for 18 months

A man launched a campaign of harassment after being rejected by a married Grindr date he met just once – even threatening to throw a firework at his victim’s husband.

Perry Marshall matched his victim on the dating app and they met at a pub in Urmston, Manchester, before having sex.

But shortly after a ‘perceived rejection,’ Marshall began to send threatening messages via text and WhatsApp. 

Manchester Crown Court heard how the 21-year-old, from Eccles, Salford, twice turned up at his victim’s house banging on the door – and one occasion threatened to set off a firework at his husband.

Mr Recorder Anthony O’Donohoe but was handed a restraining order and warned that his behaviour had been ‘very serious indeed’. 

Marshall pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence by harassment and was given a nine month prison term, suspended for 18 months.

Perry Marshall bombarded his victim with more than 100 messages and turned up at their house on two occasions. The 21-year-old threatened to attack his victim’s husband with a firework after a ‘perceived rejection,’ Manchester Crown Court heard

The court heard how the victim met Marshall on Grindr in June last year and they arranged to meet up at the Nags Head pub in Urmston.

The pair had sex and after this Marshall began ‘a campaign of harassment’ against the victim, threatening to tell his husband, the court heard.

After waking up to find 14 ‘threatening’ messages from Marshall the next day, the victim asked the defendant to leave him alone and blocked his number.

But the contact continued and in one message, Marshall threatened to throw a firework at the victim’s husband, the court heard.

The victim met up with Marshall once again asking him to leave him alone. 

Marshall matched his victim on Grindr and they met at The Nag’s Head in Urmston last June. The pair had sex and after this Marshall began ‘a campaign of harassment’ against the victim, even threatening to tell his husband

During this meeting the defendant was emotionally ‘all over the place’ the court heard.

The messages continued with Marshall sending another 80 messages until the victim changed his phone number.

But Marshall was still able to continue contact via Whatsapp – which was linked to the victim’s email address.

On July 5 Marshall turned up at the victim’s address knocking several times despite there being no answer.

The court heard that the complainant had been in fear of what might happen. 

Marshall returned again the following day and started throwing items at the door, shouting and banging on the door, the court heard.

Marshall was arrested a short time later but failed to answer any questions put to him, the court heard.

Nine days later, on July 15, Marshall returned to the address once again spoke to the victim through the window and started shouting.

The complainant’s husband came to the door and police were called again. 

The court heard that the victim had been ‘petrified’ and became scared to leave his home as a result.

Ms Ashcroft, defending, said Marshall had been remanded into custody for a time after breaching his bail order.

Marshall was slapped with a two year restraining order at Manchester Crown Court, he was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and a 30-day rehabilitation requirement

She said Marshall – who has no previous convictions – lost structure in his life when he left college and was struggling after his mum’s diagnosis with a serious health condition.  

As well as his suspended sentence, Marshall was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and a 30 day rehabilitation requirement.

A two year restraining order was also imposed.

The Recorder said Marshall had taken a rejection by the victim ‘very badly indeed’.

‘Over a 16 day period, fuelled by emotional and general immaturity, you engaged in what amounted to a campaign of harassment,’ he said.

‘You turned up at his address, your behaviour was threatening and you sent many threatening messages to harm both him and his husband.

‘Overall your behaviour was very serious indeed.’ 

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