Uxbridge man, 76, banned from church poetry group after stalking woman for 18 months


A 76-year-old pensioner has been banned from his church’s poetry group after he harassed a female member and ‘luked’ at her while she was walking her dog. The elderly stalker sent over 60 letters to his fellow poetry group member and sent him a mixture of “literature, photographs, magazines, books and other items”.

Edmund O’Brien, 76, from Ickenham, west London, is now banned from church while the poetry group unfolds. His campaign of harassment began in 2020 when in February the woman told him to stop sending letters and left a note on his door reminding him that she didn’t want any more.

O’Brien ignored this and instead photocopied the note and sent it to her, along with a number of items over the next 18 months. The female member of the poetry group turned herself in to police who repeatedly warned O’Brien to stop contacting her.

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He did not do it. His mailing campaign didn’t even stop when he was convicted in January 2022, of harassment.

O’Brien broke his bail conditions to follow the woman while she walked her dog. He watched her from behind the pillars of St John Baptist Church in Uxbridge, west London.

District Judge Deborah Wright said: “The vicar spoke to her and advised her not to go to church.” Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court heard that last month O’Brien even asked his probation officer if he could have ‘friendly contact’ with the woman as he had heard she had moved in she.

The judge gave OLHI a Harassment Protection Order that bars him from the church when the poetry group is taking place. The judge also said O’Brien failed to acknowledge that his behavior amounted to harassment.

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