DJ-stalking paedophile imprisoned
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.