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Stalker harassed ex-girlfriend with 288 phone calls, 30 letters and violent threats - from jail

A serial stalker harassed his ex-girlfriend with hundreds of calls, texts, and letters including threatening violence - even when he was in jail.

Jason Andrew Botha, 36, made 288 phone calls - including many while he was behind bars - and sent her 30 letters and packages in his campaign of terror.  

Botha's relationship with his ex-girlfriend ended in February 2020 after 18 months,' a Brisbane court heard.

Jason Andrew Botha, 36, (pictured) has been jailed for stalking a woman in Queensland

He also previously stalked the woman, twice breaking into her then-workplace to steal from her locker, the Courier Mail reported.

Botha started stalking her again on June 12, 2020, two days after he got a seven-month suspended sentence for his first round harassment.

His shocking campaign lasted from June 14 to December 12 and also included threats to her neighbour, who was helping her.

The harassment continued even after Botha was locked up on July 23, 2020, the court heard, and only stopped when the woman moved house.

Botha pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court to seven charges, including unlawful stalking with threats of violence. 

Jason Andrew Botha has been jailed for stalking his ex-girlfriend, including by making 288 phone calls to her (pictured is a stock photo of a woman with a mobile phone)

Botha previously stalked another woman, a sex worker, the court heard.

The former truck driver followed the woman in his vehicle and bombarded her with phone calls.

The court heard Botha's crimes were in part caused by his abuse of drugs. 

Botha was sentenced to three years' in jail but released on parole because he spent 498 days on remand.