Brett met his victim Philomena Willets at Leeds University in 1995 and they began a relationship which she ended after less than six months.
One of Britain’s worst ever stalkers has finally been jailed after a 12-year campaign of fear.
David Brett, 43, poured paint stripper on mother-of-one Philomena Willets’ car and hacked into her husband’s emails to send messages to friends and neighbours accusing the couple of being paedophiles.
He was given a restraining order at Leeds Magistrates Court in December 2005 after developing an obsession with his old university flame following a chance meeting in 2004.
But he continued to harass Mrs Willets, her husband and extended family, and yesterday pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a restraining order, two of stalking and one count of assault by beating after he kicked out at an officer during his arrest in April 2016.
Sentencing him to 41 months in prison, Judge Martyn Barklem said: ‘It is hard to think of a more serious example of a long-term stalking dedicated to making the lives of two people who have done nothing wrong as miserable as possible.’
Brett met his victim at Leeds University in 1995 and they began a relationship which Mrs Willets ended after less than six months.
He moved abroad but bumped into Mrs Willets in Leeds city centre in 2004 and his sinister campaign of harassment began.
In 2009 Brett tried to contact his victim again, and shortly before Valentine’s Day 2012 he sent flowers to the house with a card congratulating her on the birth of her daughter
‘He formed an infatuation which became an obsession which persisted for several years,’ Christopher Carey, prosecuting, told the court.
Following their chance meeting Brett threw stones at Mrs Willets’ mother’s home, poured paint thinner on her car and would threaten any man who visited the house.
A restraining order was granted at Leeds Magistrates Court on December 16, 2005.
In 2009 Brett tried to contact his victim again by phoning her mother, and shortly