A stalker who walked 37km to the home of US Open champion Emma Raducanu, taking her father’s shoe as a souvenir, has been handed a five-year restraining order.
Amrit Magar, 35, left the 19-year-old British tennis star feeling her “freedom has been taken away and constantly looking over her shoulder”, Bromley Magistrates’ Court was told.
The former delivery driver, from Harrow in north-east London, turned up three times at the world No. 12’s south-east London home.
He once decorated a tree in the front garden with Christmas lights and left other decorations in a gift bag on her porch.
He left a bouquet of flowers with a note reading “nothing to say but you deserve love”.
He also posted a card including a hand-drawn map to show the 37km he had walked from his home to the reigning US Open champion’s house.
Magar, originally from Nepal, was arrested after Raducanu’s father Ian was alerted to his presence by a doorbell camera, noticed a trainer he had left in the porch was missing, then followed him in his car.
Magar told officers he had been “drawn” to Raducanu “because of her high-profile status after her victory in the US Open” and had taken the shoe believing it belonged to her as a “souvenir”.
He was last month found guilty of stalking between November 1 and December 4 after a trial and on Wednesday was handed a five-year restraining order by District Judge Sushil Kumar.
The order bans him from contacting Raducanu or her parents, coming within 1.5km of their street and attending any sports ground, stadium or training facility where she is in competition or attending to train.
He was also sentenced to an 18-month community order, including 200 hours of unpaid work, and an eight-week curfew between 9pm and 6am monitored by an electronic tag.
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