Comic Rory on ‘stalk’ charge

He pestered mar­ried woman for four­teen months, court is told

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS GALLEY jess@sun­daysport.co.uk

CO­ME­DIAN Rory McGrath has ap­peared in court ac­cused of stalk­ing a mar­ried woman for 14 months.

The 60-year-old star is al­leged to have ha­rassed the vic­tim de­spite com­plaints from the woman, her hus­band and the po­lice, a court heard.

McGrath made his name on BBC panel show They Think It’s All Over and the chan­nel’s Three Men in a Boat se­ries, star­ring with Dara Ó Bri­ain and Griff Rhys Jones.

His al­leged stalk­ing is said to in­clude send­ing the woman mes­sages and ap­proach­ing her in the street.

Dis­taste­ful

He is also said to have ap­proached the woman and her hus­band in pub­lic and sent let­ters to the vic­tim’s hus­band, it was said.

Pros­e­cu­tors de­scribed the al­le­ga­tions “strik­ing and dis­taste­ful”.

McGrath ap­peared at Cam­bridgeshire Mag­is­trates’ Court in Hunt­ing­don yes­ter­day.

Wear­ing a black coat, green T-shirt and black trousers, he was asked to con­firm his name and ad­dress.

He then en­tered a not guilty plea to a charge of stalk­ing against a woman.

His al­leged vic­tim can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons.

McGrath, who’s from Cam­bridge, is ac­cused of ha­rass­ing his un­named vic­tim in the city be­tween June last year and Au­gust this year.

Pros­e­cu­tor Anthea Har­ris said: “It is a stalk­ing of­fence which con­tin­ued over a 14-month pe­riod.

“There are a num­ber of ag­gra­vat­ing fea­tures, th­ese are fea­tures which are de­lib­er­ate and show ev­i­dence of pre-plan­ning.

“The ten­ure (of the al­le­ga­tions) is strik­ing and dis­taste­ful.’

McGrath was granted con­di­tional bail which bans him from con­tact­ing the vic­tim or vis­it­ing an ad­dress in Cam­bridge.

He is due to stand trial in Jan­uary.

cap­tion in here please

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