Charity campaigner who harassed ex-worker to suicide bid gets suspended jail term
A CHARITY campaigner who drove a former employee to attempted suicide with a string of abusive e-mails has been given a suspended prison sentence.
David Luckham, aged 73, waged a campaign of harassment against the manic depressive, the man's mother and cousin, Plymouth magistrates heard.
Luckham, the founder and secretary of Plymouth Heartbeat, sent the trio abusive e-mails and set up insulting websites.
He was handed an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months and ordered to pay £85 costs. The only requirement is that he continues to live at Antony Gardens in Pennycross for another three months.
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Presiding magistrate Patricia Southby-Tailyour said: "This was prolonged harassment of three people at home and the workplace which caused significant distress and anxiety. You have shown no remorse."
He admitted pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment of the trio between January 2011 and May this year.
Luckham was handed an indefinite restraining order preventing any sort of contact with the three individuals, whom The Herald has chosen not to identify.
Gareth Warden, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Luckham sent some abusive e-mails even after he was warned to stop by the police.
He also made criminal allegations against the employee, but detectives found no evidence to support his claims.
Luckham, representing himself, asked the bench not to take into account health problems mentioned in a background report prepared by probation.
He said his only remorse was for the former employee's mother, whom he said he did not know was terminally ill.
Luckham continued to repeat the allegations made against the man.
He has previously told The Herald he would remain as secretary of Plymouth Heartbeat until his scheduled retirement in February.