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Man convicted of harassing model Sophie Anderton

Model Sophie Anderton arriving at court
Sophie Anderton said her fear grew as the texts became more personal

A stockbroker has been found guilty of stalking model Sophie Anderton by bombarding her with text messages.

Paul Davis of Enfield, north London, initially contacted her claiming he wanted to write her biography.

But the 59-year-old said he wanted to marry her and buy her a diamond ring in a string of text messages sent in a four-month period last year.

He was given an 18-month conditional discharge and a restraining order that bans him from contacting the model.

The 32-year-old model had told the court she was "practically hysterical" when she reported the matter to police last year.

She had told the trial she also received constant telephone calls from Davis - including one when she was at the police station to report the matter - and that she feared he meant to cause her harm.

Paul Davis at court
Davis has previous harassment convictions

"When the texts became more personal, I started getting rather frightened, and towards the end I couldn't go on the Tube, I couldn't walk anywhere without looking over my shoulder and I was frightened," she said.

Davis, who suffers from bipolar disorder and has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act several times, denied one charge of harassment on the grounds of insanity.

But District Judge Andrew Sweet ruled his illness was no defence.

Mr Sweet said that at the time Davis was interviewed by police last year, he was not in the manic phase of the illness.

He added: "It was clear to me that she was distressed and alarmed by the text messages sent by Mr Davis."

Davis was previously convicted of harassment in 2001. He has suffered from bipolar disorder since 1968.

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