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Walliams' stalker faces jail term

David Walliams
Walliams is currently filming in the US

A woman who stalked Little Britain star David Walliams has been warned she could face a "significant" jail term after breaching strict bail conditions.

Highbury Magistrates Court in London was told that Sarah Bartholomew, 29, sent the comedian threatening and sexually explicit letters.

She was arrested in May this year, but continued to contact Mr Walliams and his agent while on bail.

Her sentencing has been adjourned until 20 June pending a psychiatric report.

Bartholomew's lawyer, Jonathan Steingold, said: "My client has asked me to tell this court of her strong feelings for Mr Walliams.

"She has asked me specifically to impart that."

Deputy District Judge David Miller replied: "I think that she's made that quite clear on a number of occasions.

"I'm not sure it's going to help her."

'Bendy'

Ms Bartholomew, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, pleaded guilty at a hearing last month to harassing Mr Walliams between last October and February this year, and was released on bail.

She had started following the comedian in 2004, and was frequently seen near his home and the BBC, where he worked.

Late last year, his solicitors wrote to her ordering her to cease contact. In response, she began to email the lawyers and Mr Walliams' agent, Carl Hill.

According to prosecutors, the messages began to take on darker tones, with one reading: "David knows what's coming to him."

Ms Bartholomew also sent the TV star underwear, cuddly toys, chocolates and DVDs.

In one message, she said: "I'd rip off your pants in a sexual frenzy. You can have me how you want - I'm ever so bendy."

She was arrested on 3 May for witness intimidation after sending text messages to Mr Hill and hand-delivering items to the star's home.

But, after being released on bail on 6 May, she resumed contact with the agent - after which she was arrested and remanded in custody at Holloway Prison.

Adjourning sentencing, the judge said: "I take the view that these offences are serious of their type.

"There are a score of aggravating features. Our job is to protect the public, and David Walliams is a member of the public."




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