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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Christine stalker avoids prison after nearly three years of creepy tweets

Christine Lampard was stalked by Christof King Photo: PA
Christine Lampard was stalked by Christof King Photo: PA

Christine Lampard's stalker has dodged prison despite sending the TV presenter a raft of chilling tweets and turning up at her home in a campaign which left her too scared to leave the house.

In May, Christof King (39), from Brent, London, admitted stalking the former One Show presenter, but disputed sending messages online.

King, who wanted career advice from Lampard, was handed a nine-month sentence, suspended for two years, after sending tweets, letters and turning up at Lampard's home more than once, causing her to hide in a bedroom with the housekeeper.

After a hearing on the matter of the tweets, Judge Robin Johnson ruled on June 5 at Isleworth Crown Court that King did send tweets to Lampard.

Protection

Sentencing King, Judge Johnson said yesterday: "Those in the public eye are used to receiving contact from strangers, but they, like anyone else, are entitled to protection by the law when some contact moves from simply irritation to being criminal."

Christof King Photo: PA Wire
Christof King Photo: PA Wire

He said the stalking and harassment lasted over a long period and that he must have known both Christine and Frank Lampard wanted him to stop contacting them.

"You are responsible for sending her very nasty communications which would have upset anyone, and aggravated that offending by visiting her home address," he added.

During the harassment, which happened between January 2015 and last October, the court heard that King sent one tweet to Ms Lampard saying: "I can hear the scratch of nails as I sharpen them ahead of your crucifixion."

Another said: "I am planning the words that will go on your gravestone."

He also sent letters to the Lampards' home, including one in which he praised her acting abilities and said on meeting her that he could play the adoring fan, adding: "Which isn't very difficult, believe me."

Describing his behaviour as "bizarre", prosecutor Warwick Tatford said King even wrote a letter to the Lampards' dog.

In it he said he was pleased to meet the pet "after all these years" and how he felt they "developed some kind of special bond in that moment", adding he would "love to do it again".

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