Kairon Long, who was 30 at the time of his trolling offence was convicted of criminal damage and harassment at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
Long, of Tydfil Terrace, Troedyrhiw, had been in a nine-year relationship with Hannah Heggerty, which ended in Autumn 2011.
Long carried out a campaign of harassment against his former partner, between March 2012 and November 2012, which included using the phone, text messages, and Facebook. This led to Heggerty leaving Merthyr Tydfil.
Long’s messages including telling Heggerty he would “shoot her”, “burn down her home,” and “have her head kicked in.”
Long even went so far as to vandalising Heggerty’s car with his feet on 10 November 2012. But John Ryan, defending, said: “This is not the first man to have lost his head when the end of a relationship comes.”
Scientific research into trolling support Ryan’s that it is more likely to be women that defriend others on social networking platforms, and the lack of closure for their victims, which can be male or female can have traumatic effects on those whom they have jilted.
Judge Richard Twomlow jailed Kairon Long for 9 months, and ordered a restraining order requiring him not to contact Hannah Heggerty, her mother and sister.