A MAN stalked his probation officer after becoming obsessed with her when she was assigned to his case.
Shane Britton bombarded the married woman with declarations of love, left notes on her car, and even tried to contact her while he was in jail.
The 24-year-old tried to get other probation officers and his solicitor to deliver messages to the officer.
Now Britton, who has convictions for 32 previous offences, has received a 15-month suspended jail sentence, three-year restraining order and been put under supervision after he admitted stalking between April and July. He must take part in a mental health treatment requirement.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Britton, of Stockheath Road, Leigh Park, was assigned to the probation officer in April.
He soon told the victim that he had feelings for her.
Britton sent her a ‘friend request’ on Facebook and she referred the matter to her line manager, making it clear that she did not wish to be his ‘friend’.
A meeting was held between Britton, the victim and her manager, during which Britton cried and talked about his feelings for her. When the meeting was stopped Britton went outside to the car park and was drinking alcohol.
The victim and her manager called police amid concerns about leaving the building and the fact Britton appeared to have harmed himself.
Days later police were called to Britton’s home where he was armed with a knife, threatened to smash the house up and later assaulted a police officer.
A mental health assessment was carried out and it was recommended that he should be assigned to another probation officer.
But he said he would only speak to the victim.
He left a note of apology on the victim’s car that stated ‘I miss you’.
Britton hung around Havant probation office and demanded that he be allowed to speak to her. Police were again called as he had a bladed article on him, and he was charged and jailed.
While in prison Britton said he loved the victim, and on his release would get a job and buy a villa in Spain for them.
He even tried to get his solicitor to deliver a letter to the victim for him.
In a statement the victim said the ordeal caused ‘massive disruption’ to her life, a strain on her marriage and fears for the safety of her and her husband.
She has had to be relocated to a different office, make changes to her social life and stopped using social media.
The victim’s statement read: ‘Although I don’t think Britton knows where I live, his obsessive behaviour and the case makes me extremely concerned for my own safety.’
She now carries a personal panic alarm and has forked out for more home security.
Judge Ian Pearson said Britton became ‘fixated’ with his victim and accepted that he has erotomania – a delusion in which the affected person believes another person is in love with them.
Addressing Britton, Judge Pearson said: ‘This was persistent and obsessive behaviour and it has had considerable impact on the victim.’