Burnley woman was stalked by psychiatric patient she met online
9:04am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A YOUNG Burnley woman was stalked by a professionals’ dating site suitor she had rejected, who turned out to be a psychiatric patient with a criminal record, a court heard.
Aminur Chowdhury, 29, had bombarded Shurma Uddin with dozens of text messages and emails for a fortnight, had turned up in the town bearing gifts and had gone to her gym to try and find her.
Chowdhury, who had messaged he wanted to take her on holiday and sent her smutty texts, told police he was besotted with Miss Uddin when he was arrested.
The pair had never even met, Burnley magistrates were told.
The court heard how at the time Chowdhury, who had suffered from untreated bi-polar disorder for years, was an in-patient at a hospital in Bradford.
The defendant, who told the bench he is starting a job in national media and advertising, was accompanied to the hearing by his community psychiatric nurse.
Chowdhury, of Brearton Street, Bradford, admitted harassment without violence, between May 5 and May 22, last year.
He was given a six month community order, with a mental health treatment requirement.
The defendant also received a 12 month restraining order.
He was ordered not to contact Miss Uddin by any means and was banned from Burnley.
Chowdhury must pay £150 costs.