Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Navy officer Douglas Styles given restraining order

A Royal Navy officer has been given a restraining order after assaulting his ex-girlfriend and harassing her.

Lt Douglas Styles met Air Engineering Technician Alison Spowart on a military dating website but the pair broke up in September 2010.

Styles, based in Gosport, Hampshire, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Naval Base Court Martial Centre earlier to assault and harassment.

He was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay £750 compensation.

'Obvious distress'

He is not allowed to contact Ms Spowart, an air engineering technician, for 12 months.

Lt Cdr David Goddard, prosecuting, said after Ms Spowart broke up with Styles the submarine engineer assaulted her by restraining her on the ground until her limbs went numb.

He then continued to send her hundreds of text and Facebook messages and tried to call her 142 times.

Sentencing him, Judge Advocate Alistair McGrigor said: "Your behaviour was persistent and intentionally annoying and caused Ms Spowart obvious distress."

Cdr Joe Turner, defending, said Styles had expressed his "sincere remorse" and had acted out of a state of naivety and immaturity.

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