Stalker jailed for harassing BBC's Suzanne Virdee and Joanne Malin
A man who bombarded two female Birmingham BBC presenters with suggestive texts and unwanted gifts, has been jailed for 20 weeks.
District Judge Neil Davison said Suzanne Virdee and Joanne Malin would have suffered psychological harm and had become part of an ever increasing number of females who had found themselves at the centre of Christopher Beasley’s “fantasies”.
He said Beasley had repeatedly and deliberately ignored an order banning him from contacting Joanne Malin and went on: “You simply do not think that anybody should be upset by your unwanted attentions.”
The district judge also made a restraining order banning Beasley from having any contact with Suzanne Virdee.
Beasley, 42, of Edmonton Avenue, Kingstanding, had previously admitted one charge of harassment and five of breaching a restraining order.
Ebony Mitchell-White told the city’s magistrates court that between April and June this year, Beasley sent text messages of a personal nature to Suzanne Virdee as well as a parcel containing DVDs, some jewellery and a letter.
She said in the text he complimented the presenter about her appearance saying she looked like a Hollywood movie star and asked her to meet him.
As a result of his previous behaviour towards Joanne Malin, a court had made an indefinite restraining order against him. However, he broke the ban by sending the presenter a total of 22 texts which had a certain amount of sexual content.
This included telling the presenter she had a “sexy body” and a nice voice while Beasley also posted a parcel to her containing DVDs.
Rahul Sood, defending, said Beasley, who lived with and cared for his elderly mother, had managed to comply with the order concerning Joanne Malin for four years.
“It just appears he seeks unwanted attention,” he said.