Former Hastings United manager sentenced for stalking former partner

Jason Hopkinson, photo by Tony Coombes
Jason Hopkinson, photo by Tony Coombes

The former manager of Hastings United has been sentenced for stalking his former partner.

At Hove Crown Court this week, Jason Hopkinson was sentenced to a 12 months’ community order, 150 hours’ unpaid work, and handed a restraining order – according to the court.

The offences happened in Eastbourne and Hailsham between May 2017 and January 2018.

In court on Monday (February 11), he appeared having previously pleaded guilty to charges of stalking and causing Ms Taylor serious alarm or distress, which had an adverse effect on her usual day-to-day activities, according to the court.

According to Hove Crown Court and Sussex Police, Hopkinson ‘ought to have known’ his conduct would cause alarm or distress on each occasion in which he ‘persistently emailed, engaged in unwanted conversation, and followed her’.

The 53-year-old, of Brightling Road, Polegate, is currently a coach at Eastbourne United – having previously held the role of manager at Hastings United and Lewes FC.

He was previously praised for saving Hastings United from relegation in the 2010/2011 season.

Responding to his sentencing, Eastbourne United chairman Billy Wood said the club is aware of the situation, which he called a ‘historic dispute’ which ‘ended years ago’.

He said in a statement to this newspaper, “We are aware of the situation and have spoken to Jason in regards to this.

“This was a historic dispute between a partnership which ended years ago and before joining the club to assist Arron.

“We wish to comment no further on this domestic matter that has already been handled by the courts.”