Hospi­tal porter called col­league 68 times in a day to ask for date


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By JONATHAN PICK­LES

A HOSPI­TAL porter at the Manch­ester Royal In­fir­mary has been banned from con­tact­ing one of his col­leagues af­ter he phoned her 68 times in one day to ask for a date - and told her ‘if I can’t have you then no­body can.’

Ob­sessed An­thony Wells, 38, left his vic­tim liv­ing in fear as he stalked the hospi­tal cor­ri­dors look­ing for her.

He even got his seven-yearold daugh­ter to call her and ask her ‘why won’t you speak to my dad?’

Manch­ester mag­is­trates court was told that Wells had mis­tak­enly be­lieved that his pla­tonic friend­ship with the woman – a clin­i­cal sup­port worker at the hospi­tal – could de­velop into a re­la­tion­ship.

When she said no and they broke off con­tact with each other, he told her: “If I can’t have you then no­body can.”

Dur­ing one in­ci­dent the woman, who is in her 30s, had to dodge Wells by hid­ing be­hind a cu­bi­cle cur­tain and then climb­ing onto a bed whilst a pa­tient was in it as Wells walked passed.

He also be­gan us­ing fake Face­book pro­files to mes­sage her, adopted her sur­name and then tracked down her son on Snapchat and mes­saged him.

Po­lice were called in af­ter he con­tin­ued to call her, de­spite her at­tempts to block his num­ber and so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

In a state­ment the vic­tim said: ‘’I am con­stantly on edge as a re­sult of his be­hav­iour, I am al­ways wor­ried that some­thing will hap­pen.

“My fam­ily and friends are al­ways con­tact­ing me to see if I am OK. He just con­stantly mes­sages me and makes phone calls.”

At Manch­ester mag­is­trates court, Wells, from Withing­ton, ad­mit­ted a charge of ha­rass­ment with­out vi­o­lence be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2017, and Septem­ber 24, 2018, and was banned from con­tact­ing the woman for two years un­der the terms of a re­strain­ing or­der. He has lost his job at the hospi­tal. Laura Kee­gan, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “She has blocked him but he still con­tin­ues to call her. This has been go­ing on for over 18 months.

“In June 2017, there was 68 phone calls re­ceived in one day. He has even had his seven-year-old daugh­ter con­tact her ask­ing why she won’t speak to her dad.

“I ask for a re­strain­ing or­der not to con­tact her or go to her ad­dress. She has asked for him not to go to her place of work, but it will cause him dif­fi­culty if he re­quires treat­ment.”

An­drew Gil­more, de­fend­ing, said: “This was a re­la­tion­ship sit­u­a­tion where one per­son takes it very, very badly and he has taken it worse than that.

“He had some cor­re­spon­dence from the de­fen­dant where he said it wasn’t clear whether they were in the re­la­tion­ship or not. It ap­pears there is some un­der­ly­ing men­tal health is­sue to this and I don’t think he should have a pe­riod in in­car­cer­a­tion.

“There’s an elect of high cul­pa­bil­ity in re­gards to the per­sis­tence – but I would say over­all it’s in the lower cul­pa­bil­ity.

“He has been dis­missed from his em­ploy­ment at the hospi­tal so he won’t be re­turn­ing there for work.”

Wells was given a 16-week prison sen­tence, sus­pended for two years, and will have to com­plete a com­mu­nity or­der to in­clude 20 days of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work. He will also have to pay £200 costs.

An­thony Wells was given a sus­pended prison sen­tence

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