Man jailed after terrorising solicitor

STALKER Martin Lambourne is today facing a return to jail after he terrorised a female solicitor for more than a year.Magistrates heard how Lambourne constantly phoned and sent threatening letters to Joanna Tricker after she said she was unable to help him when he was evicted.

STALKER Martin Lambourne is today facing a return to jail after he

terrorised a female solicitor for more than a year.

Magistrates heard how Lambourne constantly phoned and sent threatening letters to Joanna Tricker after she said she was unable to help him when he was evicted.

Lambourne, 47, of the Chequers Hotel, Ancaster Road, Ipswich, was found guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court of Miss Tricker.


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Azza Brown, prosecuting, said that Miss Tricker had first come in to contact with Lambourne in October 2001 when she was a legal executive working for Ashton Graham Solicitors. She later became a solicitor.

Lambourne phoned her and visited her to get some advice as he had been told

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he was being evicted.

However, Miss Tricker said there was little she could do to help and did not

expect to hear from Lambourne again but he continued to phone her "every two or three months".

Lambourne was in prison in January 2003 and sent a three-page letter that

had a "threatening tone" to Miss Tricker, which included the line: "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned or a man jailed."

The court heard that Lambourne repeatedly tried to contact Miss Tricker by phoning her or leaving messages on her work answer phone. On July 9, 2003, more than 20 months after first speaking to him, she had enough and contacted the police who gave Lambourne an official warning for harassment.

But he visited the Felixstowe office of Ashton Graham on July 10 and 11 trying to see her again. On the second occasion he wanted a letter to be faxed to the Bury branch where she was at that time.

The letter said: "If I am evicted, as has happened twice before, I can

assure you that we will meet again."

Miss Tricker said: "I did not know what he was capable of. When I received

any communication from Mr Lambourne, I was concerned before I even read it.

"It became clear that his intentions were not wholly innocent."

Neil Maloney, defending Lambourne, said his client had a history of

psychological illness.

This was the third time Lambourne had been convicted of this type of offence

as in December 2003 he had been found guilty of harassing and threatening to

kill his ex-wife and the managing director of a building firm where he had

worked.

He had been sentenced to 14-months in prison but was released on March 8,

2004 and served only two and a half months.

Bench chairwoman Wendy Tolliday said that the magistrates were "considering custody" for Lambourne's latest offence but adjourned the case for four weeks so pre-sentence and psychiatric reports could be issued.

Lambourne will return to South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in the

morning of June 7 to be sentenced. After the hearing, 25-year-old Miss Tricker

said: "I am very pleased that he has been found guilty and that justice has

been done."

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