Harassment case results in suspended jail term for Bristol man
A 45-year-old Bristol man has been convicted of harassing another man in the months leading up to his death.
Carey Long, formerly of Soundwell Road, threatened and ill-treated his lodger Jon Richardson during a two-and-a-half year period, up until his death in July 2016 at the age of 44.
Long, who first met Mr Richardson when they were at school together in the 1980s, admitted a charge of harassment and was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Bristol Crown Court today (May 1).
Investigating officer DC Jonathan Oakey said: “Carey Long subjected Jon Richardson to a campaign of harassment over many months, which included acts of violence, verbal threats and threatening behaviour.
“This behaviour was witnessed by several people and despite Jon’s death we were able to proceed with a prosecution against Long for his cruel and abusive conduct towards Jon.
“It’s hard to understand how he could treat someone who was supposed to be his friend in such an undignified way.
“Jon’s family have been fully supportive of our investigation and our thoughts are with them as they continue to come to terms with his death.
“I’d also like to thank the witnesses in this case who provided statements and were prepared to give evidence in court in the event of a trial.
“Due to the weight of evidence against him, Long admitted his crimes on the day the trial was due to begin, resulting in today’s sentencing hearing.”