A spurned ex-girlfriend who stalked her former lover and his new partner for months and sent a severed pig’s head to their work was jailed.
Tia McBean, 22, admitted 12 offences including repeatedly breaching a restraining order and stalking ex Oralton Robinson and his partner Arkeyia Bish until March last year.
Mr Robinson, who was in a three-month relationship with McBean in 2018 while on a break with Ms Bish, “distanced himself” from her when she said she had bipolar disorder, the court heard.
Woolwich Crown Court heard McBean became pregnant with his child and throughout the stalking campaign made hundreds of phone calls to the pair.
She sent a pig’s head to the couple’s restaurant and messaged Ms Bish an explicit image with her father’s face photoshopped onto it.
Delivery drivers would also turn up demanding payment as McBean repeatedly ordered pizzas to their home through JustEat, the court was told.
Jailing her for 15 months, Judge Ruth Downing said: “It was clear it was a very short relationship which you entered into as adults and Mr Robinson does not wish to continue.
“Adults should be able to and be capable of pursuing their intimate affairs including bringing them to an end without fear of reprisals of a hurtful, intrusive and persistent manner.
“I don’t entirely discount that there was a genuine degree of apprehension shared by Mr Robinson and Ms Bish that the conduct could escalate.
“Your quarrel was with your ex-lover, not his partner. An employee had absolutely nothing to do with this quarrel at all.
“Your attitude has been one of defiance – none of this ever happened, it’s all made up and I’m pleading not guilty. It’s taken a lot to acknowledge that those irrational and totally unacceptable activities were first of all done by you and also that they were unacceptable.”
Judge Downing said sending the pig’s head was a “very gratuitous act of spite towards Ms Bish”.
The stalking of Ms Bish began in November 2018, just after Mr Robinson ended the relationship with McBean, with McBean sending the woman racially abusive messages about her son.
McBean was convicted of criminal damage and assault against Mr Robinson in January 2019, and a restraining order was issued banning her from contacting Mr Robinson and Ms Bish or attending their address in May that year.
It was said Mr Robinson was also convicted of assaulting McBean, but the court did not hear any further details of the offence.
Prosecutor Matthew Dalton said McBean started stalking Mr Robinson in April 2019, beginning with him waking up several nights in a row to knocking at the door and finding handwritten notes stuck to his door.
The couple said it was “usual” to receive hundreds of calls from withheld or various numbers and abusive texts from McBean.
She went to their address in August 2019, and was said to be sitting outside with a bottle of rum “shouting” at the house.
Afterwards she reported to police that Mr Robinson had kidnapped her – however Mr Robinson had been with an officer making a statement to police about McBean at the time.
In September 2019, Ms Bish was approached by a customer at her restaurant who showed her a Facebook message from McBean stating she had seen a worker at the eatery indecently exposing himself while on shift.
In a statement, Ms Bish said: “I became so upset by this, this is affecting my personal life and sleep. I can’t believe this is happening to me, it’s now obviously beginning to affect my business when she’s saying to my customers that awful things are going on in the restaurant.”
The court heard on February 12, Mr Robinson returned from the police station after reporting her for sending pizzas to his house, only to find another delivery driver on his doorstep.
McBean then attended the address and was “banging on the door and screaming outside”.
On February 25, McBean sent a severed pig’s head to the couple’s halal restaurant through a catering company.
Mr Dalton said: “A delivery was made, Mr Robinson thought it was from a catering company but had never heard of the company before or made an order.
“He opened it with employee Shante Lewis and opened it in a rush and it was a pig’s head. He did not expect this at all.
“They only serve halal meat in the restaurant, as soon as he saw the contents he believed it was from Tia McBean. Details from the delivery included an email address which appeared to be fake.”
Ms Lewis said she had to leave work early after opening the delivery, which caused her to throw up and feel nauseous as she is a vegan.
On February 27 McBean sent Ms Bish an “explicit photo” that appeared to have Ms Bish’s father’s face photoshopped on, with a message reading: “Tell your dad to stop sending me explicit photos lol”.
It appeared McBean had FaceTimed Ms Bish’s father and taken a screenshot of his face to use for the photo.
In March 2020, Mr Robinson installed CCTV cameras at his home and it was seen on March 7 that McBean had written ‘illegal immigrant’ in red marker on his door.
One evening in August 2020, McBean called Ms Lewis three times in the early hours of the morning after she made a statement about the pig’s head incident to police, telling her “I know where you live”.
She also sent food deliveries to her house on two occasions, the court heard, and she admitted harassing Ms Lewis and sending her threatening electronic communications.
The court heard McBean has a previous conviction for harassment in 2017, which she received four months prison time suspended for 12 months.
James Hasslacher, defending, said McBean was diagnosed with ‘unstable personality disorder’ at 18 and was not taking medication at the time of the offending.
He said: “It is the tragic combination of somebody who was unstable with an unstable personality disorder dealing with a pregnancy and the break up of a relationship.”
Judge Downing said that McBean would be released on licence at the halfway point of the 15-month sentence, and due to time served on remand would be out of prison in a “matter of weeks”.
McBean, of Peckham, south east London, admitted seven counts of breaching a restraining order, one count of racially aggravated damaging property, two counts of stalking, one count of harassment and one count of sending an offensive or threatening communication.