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Jailed stalker 'targeted lawyer'
Maria Marchese
Marchese had a history of harassment
A lawyer has told how a woman jailed for stalking a doctor also targeted her during her key role in the case.

Kay Scudder said Maria Marchese tormented her after she recommended rape charges against Dr Jan Falkowski were dropped.

Ms Scudder, who works for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), was hounded with calls and had to step up security.

She said her ordeal ended when Marchese, of Bow, east London, was charged over harassing the doctor.

Security measures

Dr Falkowski was due to stand trial for the rape in August 2005 but the case was dropped just five days before it was due to go ahead.

I had to vary my routes to and from the office and there were times when I had to be escorted out the side exit of the building
Kay Scudder
CPS lawyer

Ms Scudder was responsible for recommending that the trial be stopped.

She said at this point she began receiving a torrent of calls from Marchese, 45, who was desperate for the case to be reopened.

The CPS installed a personal alarm, cameras and security lights at Ms Scudder's home and her front door and windows were reinforced.

"It was petrifying to be targeted by a stranger," Ms Scudder said.

"I had to vary my routes to and from the office and there were times when I had to be escorted out the side exit of the building."

Marchese was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in January after being found guilty of harassment and charges of threats to kill.

The court heard she embarked on a campaign of abuse in October 2002 after meeting Dr Falkowski who had been treating her partner. A CPS spokeswoman said two other cases of harassment by Marchese had also emerged during the trial.

She pursued one man for 10 years, who moved three times to escape her.

She followed him and his wife to Yorkshire and at one point threatened to kill the couple's baby.


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