DJ-stalk­ing pae­dophile im­pris­oned

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

A pae­dophile who waged an ex­ten­sive stalk­ing cam­paign against Ra­dio 2 DJ Sara Cox has been jailed for 16 months.

Tony Collins, 50, who has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for ha­rass­ment, claimed he found out Ms Cox’s Lon­don ad­dress by pay­ing £17 on the in­ter­net. He de­clared he found her “sexy”.

Us­ing her mar­ried name of Cyzer, he wrote let­ters to her in dis­tinc­tive green felt pen, as well as writ­ing to her hus­band Ben at his work­place.

When ar­rested, Collins was found to have in­de­cent pic­tures of young chil­dren at his home in Afghan Road, Chatham.

Collins ad­mit­ted ha­rass­ment and pos­sess­ing and mak­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of a child.

Judge Martin Joy was crit­i­cal of the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice for not pros­e­cut­ing Collins for breaches of re­strain­ing and sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­ders – the max­i­mum sen­tence for which is five years im­pris­on­ment.

Be­cause of his early guilty plea Collins was sen­tenced to four months for ha­rass­ment with 12 months con­sec­u­tive for pos­sess­ing and mak­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

A fresh or­der re­strain­ing him from any con­tact with Ms Cox or her fam­ily and a sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der, both in­def­i­nitely, were made.

Collins had eight con­vic­tions for 13 of­fences dat­ing back to 1991, in­clud­ing ha­rass­ment and breaches of re­strain­ing or­ders.

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