A 25-year-old man who repeatedly harassed a woman in the street and threatened to rape her in south west London has been sentenced to six weeks in prison.
Max Ronaldson, from Clapham, approached the woman on three separate occasions, jeering and making offensive comments, before she was able to take his picture and reported the incidents, the Metropolitan Police has said.
The first occurred on January 25 when Ronaldson was challenged by the woman for leering at her as she walked home along Balham Hill, in south-west London.
He responded by following her, shouting abuse and eventually threatening to break into her house and rape her.
A similar incident occurred on February 12 when Ronaldson approached the woman again but was seen off by two members of the public.
On February 21 Ronaldson approached her again but she was able to film on her phone and take pictures which she passed on to police.
He was arrested and charged with two offences; threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and causing harassment without violence.
Ronaldson, of Clapham Common South Side, pleaded guilty to both offences at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Detective Constable Richard Roberts said: “We take this kind of behaviour very seriously.
“The victim was simply walking along the street when she was subjected to unwanted and unpleasant harassment.
“She had the strength of character to challenge this outrageous behaviour and to report it to the police.
“When she was harassed again, she was calm and had the presence of mind to take photos of the man which helped the investigation enormously.
“I would urge anyone being targeted to immediately report it as this type of behaviour is unacceptable and it is a criminal offence.
“Your report will be taken seriously and investigated as far as the evidence will take us.
“This will help us to take offenders like Ronaldson off the streets of London and make our city a safer place for all.”