Craig David ‘felt hurt’ after stalker showed up at his home

A woman who was stalking chart star Craig David left him “injured” at his own home, a court has heard.

Anya Jeal, 31, showed up at the pop star’s home and a hotel where he was staying, sent a letter to his family and messaged his friends on social media.

She was issued a stalking protection order on Friday that banned her from contacting the musician for five years.

During a hearing at Bromley Magistrates’ Court, Jeal, from Orpington in Kent, admitted to contacting and stalking Mr David but said she was just an “innocent fan”.

I want to be able to walk down the street without having to look over my shoulder

In testimony read in court by Flora Curtis, a lawyer representing the Metropolitan Police, Mr David said the incident “made me feel like I was being hurt in my own home”.

“I want to be able to walk down the street without having to look over my shoulder,” he wrote.

Ms Curtis said the pair met during an album signing at HMV in 2016, where the singer spoke briefly to Jeal before snapping a picture with her.

She said their next interaction was later that year when Mr David stayed at the Sofitel near Heathrow Airport. The couple snapped another photo together before she was escorted off the premises by his security guard.

Jeal claimed the interaction took place in 2017.

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In his statement, Mr David said he could tell she was an “overexcited fan” and took a picture with her at the hotel to prevent her from contacting him again.

The court heard that in the years that followed, Jeal messaged him on Snapchat and continued to check out his Instagram Stories while traveling in India.

She also sent a letter to Mr David’s family, apparently “warning” him that his manager was using him as a “cash cow” and “didn’t care about him,” and that she believed the singer was talking about it radio with her .

The court heard that Jeal had seen Mr David in Bedford on Halloween last year.

Ms Curtis told the court: “She threw a glove on stage to get his attention. She did this because she says his favorite movie is Serendipity, where someone hands someone a glove with a note inside.”

On November 21, Jeal showed up at his home, Ms Curtis said.

“Surveillance footage shows Miss Jeal standing in front of his property and holding the photograph the couple took together at the Sofitel hotel,” added Ms. Curtis.

She said Mr David asked his housekeeper to speak to Jeal on the intercom in another language so she would think he was not home and then leave.

Jeal stayed there for 10 minutes before heading to a nearby pub. She later returned and was arrested.

I was just an innocent fan. Fans are generally infatuated with their idols. They would do a lot of crazy things to their idols

The Metropolitan Police obtained a temporary Stalking Protection Order (SPO) in December that banned them from contacting the star for a year.

Jeal, who represented herself during the hearing, told the court that the interactions “actually took place, but not in accordance with what he said.”

“I was just an innocent fan,” Jeal said. “Fans are generally infatuated with their idols. Any fan you speak to would say the same thing. They would do a lot of crazy things to their idols.”

She told the court she lost interest in Mr David after “learning about his sexuality”.

Jeal said: “I was doing some research when I saw a YouTube video, which has since been deleted, that was about me and my interaction with him. It was said he was gay.

“They said if I showed up at his door and I was a man, he would open the door.”

Asked by District Judge Sushil Kumar if Mr David was confirmed to have a girlfriend and if that would change her mind about his sexuality, Jeal said: “It would be a cover-up.”

District Judge Kumar found that her conduct amounted to acts related to stalking.

He said: “Miss Jeal has on occasion been an unreliable witness in interpreting events such as Mr David’s courtesy and kindness as more than that.

“I am therefore pleased that Miss Jeal has repeatedly attempted to contact Mr David both directly and indirectly.

“I have absolutely no doubt that she engaged in stalking related acts, but not on a regular basis.”

He added that Jeal explained that she would no longer contact Mr David after she made a “conjecture about his sexuality” he could not rely on her to comply with.

He issued a full civil SPO against Jeal, barring her from contacting Mr David directly, indirectly or through third parties.

In addition, she is not allowed to contact his parents either directly or indirectly, must “knowingly” keep 100 meters away from him and is not allowed to attend a show or concert on a day when Mr. David is performing.

The arrangement is valid for five years. Craig David ‘felt hurt’ after stalker showed up at his home

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