Stalker, 71, took photos of female GP in her Cheltenham home
THE stalker of a female GP started a campaign of harassment after he thought his restraining order had expired, a court heard.
Raymond Knight yesterday admitted trying to contact Dr Eleanor Aston directly or through friends and taking pictures of her at her Cheltenham home seven times in just five weeks last summer.
The 71-year-old also admitted damaging a car belonging to her husband.
Knight was barred from making contact with the Cheltenham doctor or her family and banned from an area near her Benhall home in July 2010.
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Speaking at Gloucester Crown Court, Prosecutor Kannan Siva yesterday said it made no difference whether he thought the order had lapsed.
He said: "It merely shows he was waiting for the precise time before starting his campaign of harassment again.
"He attempted to contact friends, go to children's parties and was determined to make contact with her.
"My proposal is to extend the exclusion size, even though the defendant will suffer as to where he can live."
For the defence, Giles Nelson said: "There appears to be a delusional issue and he does not appear to be aware of his behaviour in its entirety."
Judge Jamie Tabor QC said he made life of Mrs Aston, who was his doctor at the Hadwen Medical Centre in Abbeymead, Gloucester, "hell".
He said: "We have not been able to afford Dr Aston the protection she needs and deserves.
"Someone will have to think long and hard as to the best way of protecting her. This has gone on long enough."
The court heard Knight, of Mandara Grove in Abbeydale, had not attempted to make contact with his former GP since he had been remanded in prison.
He had been a patient of Dr Aston's surgery, but at a previous court hearing it was heard that there was an incident in 2007 when he made a complaint against her and then started to harass her.
He caused £125 of damage to her husband's Citroen Saxo while it was parked outside their daughter's nursery.
Previous court appearances said how the trauma had caused Dr Aston unspeakable damage, made her life a misery and had a devastating affect.
Sentencing was adjourned until March so a psychiatric report could be compiled on Knight, a former builder.