Jail for Oldham student who stalked classmate
‘DELUDED’ obsessive who bombarded a university classmate with messages and emails – despite her telling him to leave him alone – has been jailed.Lee Cluskey subjected the woman to a two-year ordeal, in which he repeatedly contacted her and followed her around campus.
The 34-year-old met her on an undergraduate course at the University of Manchester in 2012 and quickly began to hound her.
Cluskey, 34, of Meadway, Chadderton, pleaded not guilty to harassment at an earlier hearing.
But he was found guilty at trial before being sen- tenced to 12 weeks in jail at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecuting, Shilpa Chauhan told the court the woman became concerned about Cluskey’s behaviour after he approached her during a seminar.
She said he repeatedly tried to sit next to her and talk to her, despite her rebuffing his advances.
Terrified, the woman was forced to miss lectures to avoid him.
After Cluskey found her on Twitter and Facebook, he started messaging her, telling her she was ‘beautiful’ and that he loved her.
The woman eventually told obsessive Cluskey to leave her alone and threatened to call the police.
She messaged: “I’ve no idea why you think we’re soul mates; you know nothing about me. Approach me again and I will take further action.”
Undeterred, Cluskey made a number of fake social media profiles and continued to message the girl, despite three subsequent police warnings.
The woman had to seek counselling from the university and said Cluskey’s advances began to affect her work.
In a statement read to the court, she said she had to run away at the end of lectures to avoid him.
“I’ve never experienced being so terrified of someone before,” she added.
Ms Chauhan said: “It’s deeply affected her, to the point that she cannot live her life. She truly fears him. He has an infatuation with her that he just can’t let go.”
Cluskey, who represented himself at the hearing, said: “I fully accept it went too far. I just got caught up emotionally in the whole thing; in liking the girl. I never meant for any harm to come to her.”
Sentencing Cluskey to 12 weeks imprisonment, District Judge Mark Hadfield said: “You are deluded as to your relationship with this young lady.”
Cluskey was also was handed a restraining order, forbidding him from contacting the woman or visiting the university campus.
l● Lee Cluskey has been jailed for stalking a fellow student at the University of Manchester