Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been the target of an alleged stalker who bombarded her with gifts and abusive messages.
Nishil Patel, 39, is alleged to have started sending the singer, 42, hundreds of unsolicited messages over Instagram after meeting her in passing in July last year.
The Metropolitan Police are applying for a stalking protection order (SPO) against Patel after he also allegedly left unwanted presents addressed to Ellis-Bextor outside her neighbour’s house in West London between October 2020 and April 2021.
Under rules brought in last year, police can apply at the magistrates’ court for a civil SPO to block alleged stalkers from contacting or approaching their alleged victims while a criminal investigation into their behaviour continues.
Patel is also claimed to have contacted her husband Richard Jones, bass player for The Feeling, and one of their five children online.
The Murder On The Dancefloor star said in a statement: ‘It had really unsettled me and I want it to stop.’
The man was seen on CCTV attaching a sticker to Sophie’s car (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)
Felix Keating of the Metropolitan Police, who read the statement on Ellis-Bextor’s behalf, said Patel allegedly left 30 wrapped parcels addressed to her at the home of her neighbour, prompting a warning from police.
He is also alleged to have continued contacting the singer over social media even after she blocked his account.
Mr Keating said there was an ‘escalation in tone’, with the messages becoming increasingly abusive and calling Ellis-Bextor a ‘f**king privileged bitch’, a ‘fat c**t’ and a ‘fake mother’.
He added: ‘Since the star of this year, Mr Patel’s behaviour has escalated, not only in the tone and content of the messages, but also in sending gifts by post to the neighbour’s address.
‘He’s progressed to visiting the neighbour’s address in person to give or deliver gifts, with the aim of them ending up with the victim.’
The court also heard that Patel was seen on CCTV putting a sticker on the Kitchen Disco star’s car and putting gifts in her neighbour’s porch.
Patel, from Chiswick, was arrested on April 26, and represented himself in court, where he claimed his mental health had deteriorated after he lost his job as a corporate tax consultant in February last year.
He also told the court that he suffers from bipolar disorder and has previously been sectioned, but said the temporary SPO order which the judge granted was unnecessary as he had complied with his bail conditions.
The temporary order bans Patel from contacting Ellis-Bextor and has a conditions which mean he must allow police to monitor his use of social media, ahead of a full application on November 24.
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