A 76-year-old pensioner has been banned from his church poetry group after harassing a female member and “peeping” at her when she walking her dog. The elderly stalker sent over 60 letters to his fellow poetry group member and sent her a mix of “literature, photographs, magazines, books and other items”.
Edmund O’Brien, 76, from Ickenham, West London, is now banned from the church whilst the poetry group takes place. His stalking campaign started back in 2020 when in February the woman told him to stop sending letters and left a note on her door to remind him she didn’t want them anymore.
O’Brien ignored this and instead photocopied the note and sent it to her, along with a number of items over the next 18 months. The female poetry group member went to the police who warned O’Brien on several occasions to stop contacting her.
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He didn’t. His campaign of letter sending didn’t even stop when he was convicted in January 2022, for harassment.
O’Brien breached his bail conditions to follow the woman whilst she walked her dog. He peeped at her from behind the pillars of St John Baptist Church in Uxbridge, West London.
District Judge Deborah Wright said: “The vicar spoke to him and advised him not to attend the church.” Uxbridge Magistrates court heard that last month, O’Brien even asked his probation officer if he could have “friendly contact” with the woman as he had heard she had moved home.
The judge gave the OAP a stalking protection order that bans him from the church when the poetry group takes place. The judge also said O’Brien did not recognise that his behaviour amounted to stalking.
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