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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Millom ‘Oddball’ found guilty of stalking district nurse

A DISTRICT nurse said she was left “terrified” and her life was in pieces after being stalked by the “oddball” and “creepy” son of a dementia patient she cared for.

Sally Carter told a court how the harassment began after she reported Michael John Paley to Social Services about an issue that was found not to be substantiated.

Finding him guilty of stalking yesterday presiding magistrate Mr Gary Ormondroyd said the 49-year-old’s defence that he had simply been walking passed her house were not plausible and he had held a grudge.

He called his explanations a “total fabrication.” The trial heard how nurses could only attend Paley’s address in Salthouse Road, Millom, in pairs as his inappropriate dress sense and manner left them “unnerved.”

Prosecutor Mr Lee Dacre explained to Furness Magistrates’ Court how Mrs Carter had previously looked after Paley’s father before his death and then his mother.

He said on three occasions between January 9 and February 17, 2013 the defendant was spotted hanging around in the dark lane behind her home in Steel Green wearing tiny shorts and a vest top in the depths of winter. He was spotted by Mrs Carter’s husband, son and a neighbour who all gave evidence. Mrs Carter explained: “He always made me feel uncomfortable partly because he was always inappropriately dressed.

“He usually had on these really short shorts. They weren’t men’s shorts. They were more like women’s shorts or they were male swimming trunks with the meshing cut out. On one occasion he said to me ‘I know what you do in your spare time’. I tried to ignore it and he said it again. He then said he knew I worked at the local riding school. I have no idea how he knew that as I just helped out as a hobby.

“On one occasion he was dressed when I arrived and then quickly changed into his shorts.”

She said after she had raised concerns Paley began appearing near her home and putting abuse on his website accusing her of harassment and assault.

Mrs Carter added: “It has been horrible. I have been off work with stress, I’m scared to go out at night. I haven’t slept properly in weeks. I can’t go into Millom as I’m scared of bumping into him.

“I got bullied at school and it just felt like that.

“I felt harassed, bullied, scared and manipulated.

“I have been a nurse a very long time and never encountered anything like this.

“He is an oddball and creepy.”

Paley, who was defended in court by Mr Andrew Gibson will be sentenced on or around May 29.

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