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Stablehand’s ‘warped’ bid to steal love rival’s girlfriend

- By Andy Dolan

A STABLEHAND tormented a love rival to the brink of suicide in a bid to steal his girlfriend, a court heard.

Beaumont Bricka is accused of waging a ‘warped’ online stalking campaign, sending Eve Taylor ‘appalling’ messages from fake social media accounts as part of his plot to ruin her relationsh­ip with innocent Tim Dobson.

A court heard that Bricka, 26, also sent threats to himself which encouraged suicide, so that he also looked like a ‘victim’.

Prosecutor Brent Martin said the defendant’s ‘warped and twisted’ plan was to ‘not only split Eve and Tim up but ensure Tim went to prison... leaving the way clear for

him’. Ms Taylor and Mr Dobson separated, and he [Mr Dobson] was arrested for the ‘vendetta’ against his girlfriend, the prosecutor told Portsmouth Crown Court.

But when officers found no evidence against him they began looking at Bricka.

Jurors were told he set up fake social media accounts and used at least 34 phone numbers, six email addresses and three mobiles during his year-long campaign.

Mr Martin said Bricka sent himself ‘fake stalker messages’ seemingly from Mr Dobson, aiming to ‘engineer a situation where Eve Taylor would seek solace in him as a fellow “victim”’. The pair regularly exchanged messages.

Bricka began stalking Ms Taylor in early 2019 after meeting her at the stables where he lives in Aldingbour­ne, West Sussex, jurors heard.

Ms Taylor began receiving messages from made up accounts under names such as ‘Rosie Hart’ and ‘Olivia Summers’, apparently girlfriend­s of Mr Dobson. At one point he posed as ‘Olivia’s’ father, telling her to ‘leave Mr Dobson alone because Olivia tried to kill herself’.

Bricka also ‘posted adverts of Ms Taylor offering her services as an escort or prostitute on Facebook’, posed as potential clients and even targeted her colleagues – falsely alleging that one was married to a paedophile. The defendant, who attends internatio­nal showjumpin­g events, emailed the hospital where Ms Taylor’s father Tim was a consultant paediatric­ian.

He falsely alleged that the doctor had sent indecent messages to a patient’s young daughter, triggering an investigat­ion.

One message to Ms Taylor, who had a second job as a nanny, suggested her brakes had been tampered with. The court heard Mr Dobson was so traumatise­d by the couple’s ordeal and his arrest that he contemplat­ed suicide.

Bricka was arrested in April 2020 after police spotted him topping up one of the pay- as- you- go phones used to send messages.

His mother Tonia, 63, then claimed she was behind the stalking. She and her son are on trial together, with prosecutor­s claiming the ‘lying’ mother was simply trying to carry the can for Bricka. Three smartphone­s covered in his DNA, chargers and notes including victims’ phone numbers were found at the family home.

Bricka denies ten counts of stalking and perverting the course of justice while his mother denies perverting the course of justice. The trial continues.

‘Wanted to send victim to prison’

 ?? ?? On trial: Beaumont Bricka
On trial: Beaumont Bricka

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