December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Police who searched the boot of a car of a man accused of stalking a pharmacy worker found a kitchen knife, parcel tape, a rope, a hammer and bin liners in a bag, a court has heard.
Nigel Proctor, 44, who has a conviction for stalking a schoolgirl, was arrested after he allegedly repeatedly “spied” on Jo Shurety over a period of three months while she was at work at a pharmacy in Haverhill and on one occasion sat in his car in the road she lived in, Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday.
Giving evidence at an appeal hearing against Proctor’s magistrates’ court conviction for harassing her between September 1 and December 1 last year, Mrs Shurety said that since discovering the items police had found in his boot she had been terrified to go out and was having to sell her house.
The court heard that matters came to a head on November 30 last year when Mrs Shurety, who was employed at the David Holland pharmacy on the town’s Clements estate as an assistant and trainee pharmacy dispenser, allegedly saw Proctor sitting in his car in a car park outside the pharmacy watching her through binoculars.
After marching outside and knocking on his window she had asked him why he was watching her and Proctor had said he did not know what she was talking about and claimed he was waiting for his mother.
Giving evidence, Mrs Shurety said she was shocked and annoyed when she saw Proctor watching her through binoculars.
“I’m still gobsmacked to this day that anyone would think it is OK to do that when it’s not,” she said.
She claimed that on previous occasions she had seen Proctor in the car park when she got to work and had also seen him standing at the door of the pharmacy while she was working and then disappear. She claimed Proctor would also look into the shop while pretending to be on his mobile phone and one occasion she had seen him sitting in a lay-by at the end of the road she lived in.
Cross-examined by defence counsel John Livingston Mrs Shurety accepted Proctor had never threatened her but she denied a suggestion that she had put a “sinister slant” on his behaviour after reading an article in a newspaper about his conviction for stalking a schoolgirl.
She said she did not have any concerns for her safety until she saw him watching her with binoculars and it that incident which made her think he was stalking her.
She denied a suggestion from Mr Livingston that she was being paranoid about Proctor’s behaviour.
Giving evidence Proctor, of Girton Road, Haverhill, denied having any particular interest in Mrs Shurety and said he had only gone to the pharmacy to collect meidcation for his elderly parents.
The appeal continues.