Sophie Ellis-Bextor stalker warned of criminal prosecution

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The man who sent “disturbing” messages to Sophie Ellis-Bexter with dozens of unwanted gifts could be criminally prosecuted if he continues to contact her.

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Nishil Patel, 39, had targeted the Murder on the dancefloor singer in July last year after he met her.

The City of London Magistrates’ Court heard it sent the 42-year-old star hundreds of “concerning” and “disturbing” messages on Instagram.

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He also left her unwanted gifts at her neighbor’s house – believing it to be hers – including a wallet containing her initials, and turned up outside the address in west London between October and April last year.

Nishil Patel sent Sophie Ellis-Bexter dozens of ‘shaky’ messages and unwanted gifts (Ian West/PA) , PA Wire

The court heard that in a message Patel told her, “The wallet is blue, not as black as your soul”.

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On a trip that led to his arrest on April 26, he rang the doorbell and left a sticker on a car, magistrates were told.

Patel contacted Ellis-Bexter’s husband, Richard Jones bass player with the band The Feeling, and one of their five children online.

Prosecutor Felix Keating told the court that Patel had left 30 packets addressed to the singer at his neighbor’s house on October 30 last year, following a police warning.

And he continued to contact her on social media even after he blocked her account, instead messaging her under a username that was Nishil Patel, written backwards, the court heard.

One message reportedly read: “I’m not allowed to talk to you obviously, but with Bexter, peeps are crazy. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back init.”

Nishil Patel leaves Westminster Magistrates’ Court after an earlier hearing (Dominic Lipinski/PA) , PA Wire

At an earlier hearing in July, Mr Keating said there was an “increase in tone” as the messages became increasingly abusive, calling Ellis-Bexter a “f****** privileged b****”. , a “fat c***” and a “fake mother”.

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police was given a stalking protection order (SPO), which means Patel will face criminal prosecution if he contacts her, either directly or through a third party, physically contacts her. , or goes to his address.

He must provide the police with passwords for any device that is capable of recording Internet history with him, and passwords for any social media accounts controlled by him.

The measures will be applicable for five years.

A statement from Ellis-Bexter, read by Mr Keating, said Patel’s behavior had “really upset” him.

The singer-songwriter entertained fans during the COVID-19 pandemic by streaming “kitchen discos” online, in which she performed songs from her home while surrounded by her family, and in November 2021, £1 for children in need Million raised. 24 hour danceathon.

Sophie Ellis-Bexter raises £1m for children in need through a 24-hour danceathon (BBC/PA) , PA Media

Magistrate Victoria Fraser granted the SPO after Patel did not contest the charges. Asked about any objections, he said: “Please order.”

The court heard that Patel had lost his job as a tax consultant in February last year, suffered from bipolar disorder, and was once disenfranchised.

Under rules brought in last year, police can apply for a civil SPO in a magistrate’s court to prevent alleged poachers from approaching or contacting their alleged victims, while criminal investigations into their behavior are ongoing.

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