hocked neighbour as she went past his flatA stalker who twice stood naked on his doorstep and flashed himself at a shocked neighbour has been jailed for a year. Oddball Gary Stedman, 44, became besotted with the gran and performed lewd sex acts on himself as she walked past, a court heard. Whe
n the 53-year-old challenged him, Stedman said: Its for you. She branded him a dirty pervert but he continued to send cards and gifts. The victim also r
y explicit texts and phone calls – despite never giving him her number. He was arrested in January and on Thursday he appeared at
Stoke crown court. Stedman, formerly of Meir, Staffs, admitted indecent exposure and stalking and was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years. Judge Paul Glenn told him: You plainly became besotted with this woman. She was uncomfortable with your behaviour towards her.
You deliberately exposed yourself. She was frightened. You did not leave it there. You tapped on her windows and she felt like a prisoner in her own home. Prosecutor Heather Chamberlain said the victim felt Stedman was always looking at her through the window whene
ver she left her home. She said: In November she had heart trouble and he assisted her while she waited for the paramedics. In December the victim went to a pub. He bumped into her and they s
hared a taxi home. A couple of days before Christmas he knocked
on the door with a car
d and present. She took the gift to get rid of him. Sh
e did not want him in her flat and did not allow him in. It was afterwards that he started exposing himself, the court heard. While police were at the womans property a large birthday card arrived for her. The court heard it was not signed, but simply read: “All my love.” Stedman had a previous conv
iction for indecent assault, for which he was jailed for 21 month in 2003. It involved him going into a neighbours flat in 2003 and touching her bottom while she was asleep. Robin Lichfield, in mitigation, said Stedman accepted having a problem and would welcome any help he could get. Mr Lichfield said: He was living opposite this lady. Things got out of hand when he was o
ff his med
ication. There was no physical contact between them. He accepts his behaviour was unacceptable. Stedman was also made him the subject of an indefinite restraining order preventing him contacting his victim or visiting her address.