A MAN harassed a woman at her place of work for two years, and exposed himself to her, a court heard
Anthony Clarke, 25, of Hornbrook Road Burton, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty on charges of harassment and exposure following a five-hour trial for offences which took place in November last year.
The court heard that Clarke became ‘obsessed’ with his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and would visit her place of work up to three times a day.
On some occasions he would write her poems and he would often use abusive language when asked to leave. The woman said he was ‘deluded’.
She told the court she got so ‘fed up’, on one occasion she hid in another room to avoid him, but he heard her voice and pulled her out of the room. Another time he pushed her to the ground and witnesses described how he used explicit and vulgar language to her.
His behaviour culminated in him pulling down his trousers and exposing himself, which he denied in court.
Giving evidence, the woman, who also received numerous messages on Facebook from Clarke, said: “He was very aggressive, putting his hands up saying ‘I love you’ and that he wanted to be with me. I hid because he was aggressive and thought he might hit me.”
“I just wanted to go to work and be safe.
“I just wanted him to leave me alone. In my eyes he was ill – he can’t control himself.
“When he came and took his trousers off that was that last thing – that was enough.”
A witness described Clarke as having an ‘obsession’ with the woman, and said Clarke often smelt of cannabis.
He said: “I asked him to leave about 100 times.”
A police statement from an officer who arrested Clarke was also read out.
The officer described the vulgar language Clarke used when talking about his victim.
Giving evidence, Clarke, told the court: “She made me believe there was something going on.
“She manipulated me.
“I smoked a lot of cannabis then and only cared about myself.
“I would write her poems to show my emotions to her .”
Clarke also claimed that he pulled only the top of his trousers down on only one occasion because the woman had tried to make him leave, as a way of saying ‘speak to my backside’.
He said upon reflection he realised what he had done was wrong and said it had ‘got out of hand’.
Clarke, who now lives in Shrewsbury, will be sentenced on November 4 .
Magistrates who heard the case concluded that Clarke had exposed himself, adding that his behaviour amounted to harassment, putting his victim ‘at fear of violence.’