A father has pleaded guilty to stalking and confronting his daughter while she was studying at a university in Leicester.
The man from Northamptonshire began following his daughter after she moved to the city to study in September 2017.
The woman’s family had tried to stop her from attending university. She therefore applied for university places in secret, before they eventually agreed to let her attend.
The woman was only allowed to attend university under certain conditions. This included being dropped off on Monday and collected on Friday and her parents also arranged for a family friend to live with her and report back on what she was doing.
In November 2017, she began receiving threatening messages from her family after they were told she had been seen with a man. Her father then went to the halls of residence where she was living in an unsuccessful attempt to confront her.
After the incident, she received no further contact from her family, until April this year, when she was told by her boyfriend that her father had returned to Leicester.
In May this year, she was walking towards university when she was confronted by her father, who grabbed her, pinning her against some railings. Alerted by what was happening, some members of the public intervened and her father was subsequently arrested.
The father appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to one count of stalking causing serious alarm or distress.
He was sentenced to nine weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and was also given a five-year restraining order.
Detective Constable Steve Hobby, from Leicestershire Police’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit (DAIU), said: “When the victim was 15, her family wanted her to marry an Albanian man and she refused because she wanted to go to university.”
“While they initially refused to let her go, they eventually agreed – but this was the beginning of what was to follow. They wanted to know what she was doing in Leicester and tried to stop her from living the life she wanted.”
“I hope that the fact her father has admitted his crime today can be of some comfort to her. She can now go about her life – living it in freedom – without the fear of being confronted by her father.”
“We take all reports of stalking extremely seriously and I hope this case reinforces that message. Anyone can fall victim to stalking and I would encourage anybody who thinks they are a victim – or knows someone who is – to report the matter to police.”
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