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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Millom stalker in bid to overturn conviction

AN “oddball” stalker from Millom has launched a bid to overturn his sentence from behind bars.

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JAILED Michael Paley

Michael John Paley, of Salthouse Road, Millom, was jailed for 26 weeks after being convicted of stalking after a trial at Furness Magistrates’ Court.

Now, the 49-year-old has launched a legal appeal against his conviction.

During the trial he was described as an “oddball” and the court heard he often wears short shorts and a vest, even in winter months.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Paley has launched the appeal process, though no date has yet been set for the hearing.

On three occasions between January 9 and February 17 last year, the defendant was spotted 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.

On June 9 the court was told Paley believes he has not committed any offence.

Mr Andy Gallagher, defending, told the court on June 9: “Mr Paley still denies the offence.”

A further trial regarding a charge of sending an article conveying false information is set to take place on August 4 in Furness Magistrates’ Court.

Paley pleaded not guilty to allegations he sent an online blog to Hannah Williamson on May 4.

A spokeswoman for the CPS said: “An appeal notice has now been received by the CPS but no hearing date has been fixed yet.”

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