Thug harassed ex-wife days after jail release

Peter Swarbrick
Peter Swarbrick
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A violent ex-husband breached a restraining order days after being released from prison by contacting his ex-wife on a social networking site.

Peter Swarbrick, 48, pleaded guilty to using Facebook to harass his disabled ex-wife Gina, breaching a restraining order imposed when he was jailed last July.

Swarbrick, of Christ Church Street, Preston, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after holding a knife to his wife’s cheek in the home she was unable to leave without a wheelchair.

He was released in January having served just six months but, within days, had breached the restraining order by making contact with his ex-wife through the site.

He set up a fake profile and used it to make contact with Gina despite the ban.

A family spokesman said: “At some point surely the courts have to think he has been getting away with it for years?”

Swarbrick was recalled to prison to serve the remainer of his sentence, having spent a month on remand.

Magistrates fined him £150 for breaching the restraining order but ruled payment should be written off as he had spent time on remand.

The spokesman said: “It beggars belief. The system is broken.

“When he comes out he has free licence because his retraining order will have run out.

“They don’t seem to grasp the misery and mental anguish harassment causes.”

Coun Drew Gale, who represents the town centre ward, said: “This is a joke. He has got out of prison and the first thing he has done is carry on with the abusive behaviour.

“I said at the time the sentence was a joke.”