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Droitwich man formed "total obsession" with teenage girl singer
11:10am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A DROITWICH Spa man developed a "total obsession" with a teenage girl singer and started harassing her days after he was bailed for dangerous driving in a high speed police car chase, a court heard.
Karl Timms has been banned from going within 400 metres of the girl's home after he admitted harassment.
The 32-year-old of Farmers Court, Westlands, Droitwich, sent text messages and gifts to her home, Worcester Crown Court was told.
The girl, who was aged 15 at the time and cannot be named for legal reasons, had a million followers on online sites including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, Dan White, prosecuting, told the court Timms texted her rhyming messages such as "have much fun and take an iced bun" and "I'm an astronaut, I'm a polar bear, I can be anything I want to be" Mr White said. She found them disturbing and thought he was a "weirdo." He also placed a bird table in her mother's garden.
The harassment started on September 6 last year. Timms had been arrested for dangerous driving the Saturday before, September 1, Mr White said. He led police on a high speed chase from Birmingham through Hagley to Stourport in his Vauxhall Vectra after refusing to pull over at about 11pm.
He hit speeds up to 89mph and kept swerving to the opposite side of unlit country roads, forcing oncoming drivers to take evasive action. He was boxed in by police but he reversed into one of their cars and they had to smash his window and use CS spray to restrain him.
He was bailed and then started contacting the girl after seeing her in concert. He sent CDs to her home, put chocolates, a book and a mobile phone with just his number in it through the door and was arrested after he was spotted throwing a lump of wood into her mother's garden on October 6. At his home, police found items including a Google map print-out and a hand-drawn portrait of the girl. In March this year, he was arrested again for harassment and was remanded in custody.
In a statement, the singer said she felt like she had been a prisoner in her own home.
Kevin Grego, defending, said Timms had mental health issues. He was of previous good character but had developed a fondness for the girl’s work last year. He had not made any direct threats to her.
Timms was given 16 weeks custody in July by South Worcestershire magistrates for one of the periods of harassment.
Judge Richard Rundell told him someone could have been killed by his driving and his campaign of harassment had developed from a "total obsession".
"It has got to stop," the judge said.
Timms was given 12 months jail after admitting dangerous driving and four months consecutive for harassment, making a total of 16 months, suspended for two years with a supervision order for two years.
He was banned from driving for 18 months. He was also given a restraining order for an indefinite period banning him from within 400 metres of the homes where the girl, her mother and her aunt live.
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