Vice News UK editor bombarded with marriage proposal emails by stalker

Isabella Rusbridger, who is also known as Bella Mackie, from London, was subjected to a three-month ordeal by Gary Brown, 34

Isabella Rusbridger, who is also known as Bella Mackie, from London, was subjected to a three-month ordeal by Gary Brown, 34

The deputy editor of Vice News UK was stalked by a stranger, who harassed her on social media, bombarded her family with emails and turned up at her home.

Isabella Rusbridger, who is also known as Bella Mackie, from London, was subjected to a three-month ordeal by Gary Brown, 34.

The daughter of former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger was sent 'ranting' emails proposing marriage to her personal address and sent dozens of Facebook messages.

Brown, from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, also travelled to her house in the north of the capital and went to Hampstead Heath, where he knew she walked her dog, and tagged her in pictures.  

The stalker relentlessly emailed her father Alan, her mother Lindsay Mackie, an educator and founder of the FILMCLUB charity, and her sister during the three month campaign.

He appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court and pleaded guilty to stalking causing serious alarm or distress.

Prosecutor Charlotte Newell said: 'This is a case of some seriousness, not just in its nature but by the level of stalking.

'It went on for several months and her mother, father and sister were plagued with numerous emails to their personal email addresses and contacted through social media.

'He travelled from his home in Derbyshire and went to the address of the victim and sort to enter her address.'

Ms Newell said that when Brown went to Ms Rusbridger's home she was actually at a police station reporting his continued stalking.

A lodger with her 14-month-old baby answered the door and her husband had to chase Brown off down the road, said Ms Newell.

'The victim of the stalking is a journalist on a national newspaper and her family are relatively high profile,' said Ms Newell. She is something of a public figure.'

Ms Newell said Brown started out messaging Ms Rusbridger on Instagram and Facebook but then somehow got hold of the family's private email addresses.

It is not known how he got their personal accounts but he started sending numerous 'ranting' emails from

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