A couple who harassed and threatened their allocated social worker have been jailed.
Gethin Wyn Williams, of Pont y Waun, Waunfawr, was found guilty of harassing the social worker, a Gwynedd Council employee, at a hearing in July.
His partner, Sally Victoria Jensen, of Goodman Street, Llanberis, initially denied the charges, but later changed her plea.
Williams and Jensen were sentenced this week at Caernarfon Crown Court to 15 months and 30 weeks respectively in prison.
The judge heard that the couple were aggressive and intimidating towards the female social worker after coming into contact with the council’s social services last July, according to a local report.
They threatened her and, on one occasion, Williams found and called her home phone number.
Matthew Curtis, prosecuting, said: “During one meeting, Williams clearly indicated he knew where she lived. [The social worker] was so concerned, she did not want to go home for fear they might follow her, and she stayed with a friend.”
A spokesperson for Gwynedd Council said: “The council takes the health, safety and welfare of our staff very seriously. We do not tolerate violence against staff members, and we encourage them to record all instances of verbal or physical attacks. All reported threats of violence against Gwynedd Council staff are thoroughly investigated, and action taken to prevent reoccurrence.
“Where serious threats of violence occur, the council liaises closely with North Wales Police and appropriate action is taken, which may include prosecution. The seriousness of the threats made in this instance is reflected in the court’s verdict.”
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