A KNICKERS thief, who harassed his female victim over a number of years, has been slapped with a three-year restraining order.
Stefan Halliburn, of Windward Way, Smith’s Wood, was seen taking a pair of blue and purple pants from a washing line in the garden of his victim on June 21, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.
Prosecutor Baldev Atwal said: “He has been subjecting (the victim) to harassment for a long time. She had previously won a case for harassment against him and he was subject to a two-year community order.”
In the victim impact statement, read out in court, the woman said: “After Stefan Halliburn was arrested for harassing me, I felt really scared. I have stopped using the alleyway near to his house. The thought of seeing him makes my heart stop. I’m always worried he is going to kidnap or torture me.
“When I found out Stefan had been in my garden, I was even more scared as I was worried he would start following me again. I no longer feel safe in my own home.”
Sanjit Sanghara, defending, said the 61-year-old claimed to have stolen the pants ‘on the spur of the moment’ because the young lady had been harassing him and his wife. Mr Atwal dismissed the claims, telling magistrates: “(The victim) has done nothing to warrant the attention of Mr Halliburn. ”
Halliburn was handed a three-year supervision order, in which he must attend a community sex offender group work programme, and given a three-year restraining order to stay away from the woman. He was also ordered to pay £4 compensation for the stolen underwear, and £100 for ‘alarm and distress’ caused to the victim, as well as £210 costs.