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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Millom man’s attempt to overturn stalking conviction denied

A MILLOM stalker has had his bid to overturn his conviction rejected.

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MICHAEL PALEY

Michael John Paley appealed against his conviction of stalking at a hearing at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

The 49-year-old of Salthouse Road, Millom, was spotted on three occasions between January 9 and February 17 last year, lurking in the lane behind Sally Carter’s home in Steel Green, Millom, wearing tiny shorts and a vest top.

Despite being found guilty of stalking following a trial on May 14, the court heard Paley still believes he has not committed an offence.

During the trial he was branded an “oddball” by Mrs Carter but at sentence the Millom man’s solicitor Mr Andy Gallagher, defending, told the court: “Mr Paley still denies the offence.”

Paley was originally sentenced to 26 weeks in prison when he was sentenced at Furness Magistrates’ Court on June 9 but that was cut to a four-month jail term following his appeal. By the time Paley was jailed on June 9 he had already served three weeks behind bars in HMP Preston for a breach of bail.

Paley was banned from Millom Recreation Centre in 2012 after allegedly exposing himself due to wearing short shorts.

Millom Town Council has also tried to ban him from meetings due to attending wearing shorts and a vest.

Following the Preston hearing, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Paley’s appeal was unsuccessful and has been dismissed.

It also confirmed that an indefinite restraining order banning Paley from contacting Sally Carter and Clive Carter remains in place.

Under the order Paley is not to mention the family on his website or enter an exclusion zone around the Carter family’s home in Steel Green.

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