Stalker fitted with satellite tracker tag after following woman for two years

A man who spent two years harassing and following a woman has been fitted with a satellite monitoring tag so his whereabouts can be tracked at all times. Jeremy Inglis became obsessed with his victim after meeting through a shared interest in photography.

But when the woman became concerned about his behavior and tried to distance herself from him he began an online campaign against her and would hang around her place of work and follow her in the streets. The 54-year-old was handed a suspended prison sentence at Swansea Crown Court but as part of his sentence will be subject to what is known as “trail monitoring” for the next six months.

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Stephen Rees, prosecuting, told the court that Inglis and the victim met in May 2019 and the defendant subsequently bought an item of jewelery from her as making and selling jewelery and craft items was a hobby enjoyed by the woman. However by the October of that year the woman had become “uncomfortable” with Inglis’ behavior and attitude and she distanced herself from him.

The court heard Inglis began posting negative and critical comments on the website where the woman sold her jewelery and that was the start of a campaign against her. That Christmas the defendant sent the woman a card even though she had not disclosed her address to him and she began to fear he had followed her home. As a result she began keeping the curtains in her house closed whenever she was at home. Read about a woman feels she will “never be free” of a former partner who persistently breaches restraining orders designed to protect her from his unwanted contact.

The prosecutor said the woman then began seeing Inglis when she would go for a walk to Mumbles and that the sightings were “too many times for it to be a coincidence”. She then began seeing the defendant hanging around outside her place of work and on occasions he would follow her along the streets. The court heard the defendant also started using false email accounts to contact the woman, including one message telling her he was going to hang himself, and continued leaving messages on her website while he also began abusing friends of his victim on their social media accounts.

Inglis continued his stalking behavior throughout 2020 and into 2021. When the woman changed jobs and began working in a new location and her new employer wanted to put a profile of her on their website she asked them not to as it would alert the defendant to where she was. The court heard the offending continued through the summer and then in September 2021 when the woman and a friend were walking on the beach near Blackpill in Swansea they were confronted by Inglis who started shouting at them. He later sent his victim a message saying: “Do you think I’m the Yorkshire Ripper?”. Read about an obsessed stalker who spent years harassing a young woman and who was jailed for contacting her again just hours after getting out of prison for previous offending.

The defendant was arrested in early 2022 and in his subsequent interview claimed it was the woman who was stalking him. Inglis, of Park Way, Sketty Park, Swansea, subsequently admitted one count of stalking causing alarm or distress. He has no previous convictions.

Stuart John, for Inglis, said a psychiatric report had concluded the defendant had difficultly understanding the emotions of others, had rigid or literal thought patterns, lacked awareness that what he was saying or doing may be rude or inappropriate, and had “low or non -existent victim empathy “. He said the report had also identified social anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The advocate asked the court to consider suspending any prison sentence, saying a custodial sentence would expose him to people who were more criminally sophisticated.

Recorder Simon Hughes said he had read psychiatric and pre-sentence reports on the defendant and it seemed he believed he was the victim of a system which was weighted in favor of women and he had sought to make light of some of his behavior. The recorder said he had come to the conclusion that there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation and that it was “just possible” to suspend the prison sentence that was due.

With a one-quarter discount for his guilty plea Inglis was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years and was ordered to complete a rehabilitation course. He was also made subject to a trail monitoring requirement for the next six months and to a 10-year restraining order banning him from contacting his victim. The recorder told Inglis that he should be under no misapprehension about what would happen if he continued to contact the woman, saying the consequences would be imprisonment.

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