Manpreet Butoy has been jailed for 12 weeks after he kept staring through a window at a Halifax bank worker in Derby city centre. The court was also told that Manpreet already had 42 prior convictions.
Manpreet Butoy looked and smiled through the glass of the branch in East Street, making his victim feel “stressed and uncomfortable”.
He also approached her after she had finished work while she was waiting at a bus stop at the Spot – asking her if she had a boyfriend.
Appearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court the following day after being arrested, the 31-year-old – who has a string of criminal convictions – was described as acting “hostile” and went on to punch a security guard in the chest.
Magistrates decided to give Butoy, who appeared via a video link from HMP Nottingham, a prison sentence for his actions.
Dan Church, prosecuting, outlined the case to the court.
He said: “The victim works at the Halifax bank, dealing with customers. She saw the defendant staring in at her whilst she was working. This started during June of this year.
“He started to stand outside the branch staring into the store on a daily basis.
“He was smiling at her. He looked at her until she made eye contact. It made her feel uncomfortable.”
On July 17, the victim finished work and went into town before walking to the bus stop, at the Spot. She saw the defendant walking towards Osmaston Road away from Derby and he came up to her.
Mr Church said: “He said that she worked at the Halifax bank and asked her if she had got a boyfriend.
“She asked him why he was asking her and it was making her feel uncomfortable. The defendant didn’t respond.” The court heard how another woman at the bus stop then started talking to the victim to give the impression they were together.
Mr Church then told the court that on July 18, he then assaults a security guard inside the magistrates’ court building.
He said: “The defendant entered the court and started to put his belongings in the trays as told to by the security officers.
“He was described as being quite hostile, slamming open the door to the court.
“He landed a punch to the right side of the security guard’s ribs. He was told to leave court, which he did.”
The court heard how he had 42 convictions.
‘I can only take it on the chin’
Butoy had no defence solicitor in court and was asked if he would like to address the magistrate bench directly.
He said: “I didn’t know this woman.
“Obviously I can only accept what has been said. I didn’t know that I was causing an inconvenience.
“I can only take it on the chin.”
Manpreet was handed a 12-week custodial sentence.
A restraining order was also imposed on him until further notice. He also had to pay £100 in compensation to each of his two victims.