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Reading Magistrates' Court: Newbury man convicted of stalking woman faces new charges

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A MAN recently convicted of stalking has admitted a catalogue of fresh offences involving another woman.

In the dock at Reading Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, January 5, was Robert Martin Googe.

The 31-year-old, who used to live in Hermitage but now lives in Newtown Road, Newbury, was convicted last year of stalking a woman in Thatcham by repeatedly contacting her and her family members, by tracking her and and by phoning her landlord while pretending to be her brother to obtain personal information about her.

Court (54235190)
Court (54235190)

At Wednesday's hearing Mr Googe admitted harassing another victim, Gemma McMahon.

He also pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

Those offences were committed in Newbury on July 20 last year.

A charge of racially aggravated harassment was withdrawn by the prosecution.

Crucially, Mr Googe admitted that by committing these latest offences he was in breach of a suspended prison sentence order.

This had been imposed by a judge sitting at Reading Crown Court, just two months before his latest bout of offending, for offences of battery, affray and stalking.

Mr Googe, who was legally represented by Gianpaolo Damiani, was told that this made the case so serious that the magistrates' powers of punishment could be insufficient.

They therefore declined further jurisdiction and sent it back to Reading Crown Court to be dealt with by a judge.

Mr Googe was meanwhile released on unconditional bail.

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