Eastfield man Geoffrey Cromack admits stalking a woman over three months, and possessing a pistol and ammunition

A 61-year-old man is facing a lengthy jail sentence after he admitted stalking a woman in his vehicle and possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 9:04 am

Geoffrey Cromack, from Eastfield, “persistently” stalked the victim over a three-month period which caused her “serious distress”, York Crown Court heard.

Just a few months earlier, he had been found with a pistol and ammunition without a firearms certificate in Scarborough.

Cromack, of Overdale Gardens, appeared in court via video link on Tuesday when he admitted stalking the named woman on at least two occasions between March 4 and June 14 this year.

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According to the charge, Cromack “persistently followed her to various places in (his) vehicle”.

The stalking was said to have had a “substantial, adverse effect” on the victim.

Cromack, who had been remanded in Hull Prison following his arrest, hobbled into the video booth on crutches.

He also admitted illegally possessing a firearm and long-rifle-calibre cartridges on January 9.

Prosecutor Jeremy Barton said Cromack also faced sentence for further stalking offences against the same woman. These charges had been sent to the Crown from the magistrates’ court.

Anthony Parkinson, for Cromack, said his client was expecting a “lengthy” jail sentence. He called for reports to be compiled before sentence.

Judge Simon Hickey duly agreed to adjourn the case but told Cromack: “The only sentence in my mind is a lengthy custodial sentence and the (sentencing judge) may consider whether you are dangerous given the circumstances of all these offences.”

Cromack was remanded in custody until the sentence hearing on September 24.

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