A man bombarded his ex-wife with messages about marriage and adultery after falling under the influence of “extreme” American Christians, a court has heard.
Jason Evans had been hit with a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his former partner or writing about him online because of his past behavior. But they didn’t dissuade him from posting a series of Facebook posts after their 17-year relationship ended.
His lawyer told Swansea Crown Court that the 46-year-old now realizes his involvement with the Conservative Christian group has put him at risk of jail time and that he wants to ‘return to a more traditional version’ of his faith.
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Hannah George, prosecuting, said that in May, June and July of this year, Evans “consistently” breached the terms of her restraining order by posting Facebook posts containing Bible references about marriage, divorce and adultery. She said it was clear to her partner that Evans had checked her social media updates, as many of her comments appeared to respond to what she was saying, particularly when she posted about her relationship with her new partner.
At the time, Evans was facing two suspended prison sentences for prior violations of restraining orders. The sentences were handed down for numerous offences, including Facebook posts referring to his ‘convent wife’ and his ‘pious wife’, and for making a video of himself crying and professing his love for his ex. which featured a guitar decorated with Bible quotes. and that he uploaded to an old shared google drive.
In an impact statement from Evans’ ex that was read in court, she said she thought his behavior “got even more bizarre and delusional”, and that it made her anxious.
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Jason Kenneth Evans, of Maes y Farchnad, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a restraining order when he appeared in the dock for sentencing .
Matt Murphy, for Evans, said the court may be concerned about the biblical nature of the references the defendant posted. He said his client was “a deeply spiritual man” and like other people who are deeply religious or have strong opinions or beliefs, he was sensitive to the ideas he was exposed to on social media. The attorney said Evans began following an America-based “extreme Christian group” whose members “gave him advice in terms of beliefs about marriage and divorce.”
Mr Murphy said that although the defendant had “deep emotional ties to the complainant”, he realized that his involvement with the American conservative group and the way he interpreted passages from the Bible had threatened with a long custodial sentence, and he wanted to return to a “more traditional version of his faith”.
Giving the defendant a one-third reduction for his guilty plea, Judge Wayne Beard sentenced him to 10 months in prison. The judge also activated two months of previously imposed suspended sentences to run consecutively, with the 10 months making an aggregate sentence of 12 months. Evans will serve up to half of that time in custody before being released on license to serve the remainder in the community.
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