Newsgirl stalked by mentally ill teenager

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A Mexborough teenager who stalked a newspaper delivery girl has been sent to a mental health hospital.

Curtis Brown, aged 18, followed the 14-year-old girl while he was suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia and hearing voices.

He stalked the frightened girl twice, on July 28 and September 12 last year, as she was working at a newsagents on Adwick Road, Mexborough.

His victim was so terrified she called the police and Brown was arrested, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

No further details of the incidents were given to the court.

Judge Robert Moore said it was clear from what Brown said to police in the cells that he was suffering a mental illness.

“She was not targeted because she was known, it was simply because she was there,” he said.

The victim asked the court to issue Brown with a restraining order.

Judge Moore made a hospital order for Brown, who was charged with harassment under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act.

He also made a restraining order to protect the 14-year-old from harassment or fear of violence by barring Brown from any direct or indirect contact with her, including telephone, texts and emails, ‘until further notice’.

The maximum penalty for breaching the restraining order is five years in prison.

Defence counsel Guy Wyatt did not oppose the applications.

Judge Moore told Brown: “I am satisfied you need treatment and I’m satisfied there is a bed available for you.”

Brown, of Auckland Road, Mexborough, arrived at court with his mother, brother and grandfather, and the judge allowed them to return Brown to an undisclosed hospital.