Sex pest may face jail over hundreds of obscene calls

PUBLISHED: 20:30 27 November 2012

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A phone sex pest who bombarded women with hundreds of threatening and obscene calls has been warned he could go to jail.

Daniel Andrews harassed nine women between March and December last year, making sexually explicit suggestions and threats to rape.

The 38-year-old, of The Oaks, in Ashill near Swaffham, targeted women who lived near him or had links to his work or school days and appeared at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Andrews, a self-employed father-of-four, has admitted to persistently using the communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety between March 1 and December 17 last year.

The used car salesman has also admitted stealing four containers of an unknown value from his former employer, Freightroute based in Thetford, between January and December last year.

Andrews made 465 calls to nine women over the nine-month period and several times, he told one of his victims: “I know where you live, I’m going to come and rape you”.

Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, told the court yesterday it was “impossible to estimate” the amount of damage caused to the victims.

Police tracked Andrews down using his vehicle registration after he was seen on CCTV cameras buying mobile phone credit in Tesco at Watton.

He was arrested on December 21 last year and police searched his home, vehicles and sheds but the phone he used most often was not recovered.

Officers did, however, find three 25 litre diesel drums and a screen wash container belonging to Freightroute.

James Burrows, representing Andrews, has said his client had never been in trouble before and was remorseful.

The case had been adjourned until yesterday for pre-sentence reports to be carried out after Andrews pleaded guilty to the offences at a hearing earlier this month.

But magistrates agreed to a request from probation for further reports to be made before Andrews is sentenced. The 38-year-old was, however, told the offences were “very serious” and that he could still be given a custodial sentence. The Ashill resident was released on conditional bail and told not to contact any of his victims.

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