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Stalker jailed for fantasist letters
HE wanted her to be his girlfriend and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Delusional Adam Basford inundated a woman with streams of unwanted letters – even managing to contact her from prison when he had been jailed for harassing her.
On his release his infatuation continued and he posted her a parcel of cannabis from his bail hostel and later defied a court order and went to her home where he was aggressive and made threats – landing him back in jail.
Prosecutor Gavin Sumptner told Southampton Crown Court how Basford was jailed for 28 months in 2011 for harassing his victim, but he fantasised about their relationship blossoming and continued to send her letters.
He told the court: “He wanted her to be his girlfriend and said he loved her.”
For six months he regularly wrote to her before the letters stopped. But within months they reappeared and his victim contacted police.
Mr Sumpter said Basford talked of “baby stuff”
and how they would have children together.
But in a subsequent letter, he told her about a book he had read from a pimp in America about her becoming a brothel madam, working in an escort agency and how he wanted to slap her bottom.
Leah Dillon, defending, said Basford was adamant he would not harm his victim but “he cannot stop himself – he wishes he could, he has tried time and time again but has failed”.