Man who harassed girl singer is spared jail despite failing to get help for mental health issues.

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A DROITWICH Spa man who harassed a teenage girl singer has failed to get help for mental health issues since being given a suspended jail sentence.

Karl Timms, of Farmers Court, Westlands, said he stopped seeing the probation service because he felt better when he didn't have to talk about what he had done.

The 32-year-old appeared at Worcester Crown Court for breaching a two-year supervision order he was given in August last year. He was also given a 16-month sentence suspended for two years after he admitted dangerous driving following a high speed car chase and harassing a 15-year-old girl singer. He developed an obsession with the singer, who had a million followers on online sites including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. He texted her rhyming messages, sent CDs to her home and on one occasion placed a bird table in her mother's garden.

He said he had difficulties after being released from spending four months in jail on remand and though he had attended the first nine sessions, he had decided not to continue because he did not feel it was helping him. He said it was making him feel worse to talk about the issues but he had now reconsidered and said he wanted help from the community mental health team.

Judge Christopher Plunkett told Timms, who chose not to have legal representation, he did not want to activate the suspended sentence and send him to prison but he would have to comply with the court order in future. He adjourned the case until February 28 to see if any progress had been made with the mental health team.

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