Infatuated Cradle of Filth fan, named Lucifer Lovecraft, appeared in lead singer’s garden and harassed wife

Lucifer Lovecraft admitted the offence at Suffolk Magistrates' Court, in Ipswich. Picture: ARCHANT

Lucifer Lovecraft admitted the offence at Suffolk Magistrates' Court, in Ipswich. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: ARCHANT

An “infatuated” music fan has admitted harassing the wife of a heavy metal band’s Suffolk-based lead singer.

Lucifer Lovecraft, born James Bird, pleaded guilty to pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment of Toni Davey, whose husband is the frontman of Cradle of Filth.

The 29-year-old was said to have an obsession with Mr Davey, known as Dani Filth, when he appeared in custody at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Lovecraft, of no fixed address, attended the Davey family home on four occasions in little more than 24 hours earlier this month.

He was seen outside the property at 4.30am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm on June 16, when he also sent three Facebook messages to Mrs Davey, before being spotted again at 5.45am the following morning.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said Lovecraft’s obsession had led him to adopt the vocalist’s identity and presume parenthood of his child.

“He had an infatuation with the lead singer of Cradle of Filth,” she added.

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“It would seem he insinuated being the father of Mrs Davey’s child and that he was, in fact, her real husband.

“His infatuation and persistence resulted in him attending the address on several occasions and planting himself outside, where he was seen sitting in the garden at 5am and peering through the window of the property.”

John Hughes, mitigating, said Lovecraft had previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was made the subject of a hospital order in 2010, but that doctors had since found he no longer required residential mental health treatment.

According to a support worker, Lovecraft was assessed by a forensic psychiatrist, who ruled out any therapeutic value in him returning to hospital, after finding no symptoms of a disorder in the last few weeks and concluding his actions were not secondary to mental illness.

The doctor found Lovecraft fit to enter a plea and potentially stand trial for the offence, and that another hospital order would not be a beneficial sentence, the court heard.

Mr Hughes added: “To his credit, he has pleaded guilty to the matter and accepts his behaviour would have caused distress.”

Lovecraft was remanded in custody to await sentencing by magistrates at the same court on a later date.