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Sentence delay for Walliams stalker

An obsessive fan of David Walliams repeatedly tried to contact the star despite being ordered not to, a court heard yesterday.

Sarah Bartholomew, 29, was twice arrested and taken into custody for breaching strict bail conditions.

Even after being warned she could face jail, she hand-delivered a letter and gifts to the Little Britain star’s home and bombarded his agent with text messages.

Bartholomew’s case was adjourned yesterday to June 20 for a psychiatric report to be prepared.

Jonathan Steingold, defending, told Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, in London: “My client has asked me to tell this court of her strong feelings for Mr Walliams.

“She has asked me specifically to impart that.”

Deputy District Judge David Miller replied: “I think that she’s made that quite clear on a number of occasions.”

Bartholomew, from

Essex, pleaded guilty at a hearing last month to harassing Walliams this year, and was released on bail.

Her obsession with the comedian began in 2004.

She was seen hanging around the BBC, where he worked, and outside his home at all hours, prosecutor Kathryn Iyer said.

She also sent the comedian letters, many of them sexually explicit.

Late last year the star’s solicitors wrote to her ordering her not to contact him. In response she sent large numbers of e-mails to the lawyers and to Walliams’s agent, Carl Hill.

The messages became more aggressive, and one said: “David knows what’s coming to him.”

In one message she said: “I’d rip off your pants in a sexual frenzy. You can have me how you want — I’m ever so bendy.”

She was arrested on May 3 for witness intimidation and released on bail again on May 6, but that same day Walliams’s agent received messages from her.


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