Prisoner threatened to pull out woman’s teeth in 10-year stalking campaign

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A WOMAN was the victim of a decade-long stalking campaign at the hands of a sinister stranger who had briefly lived in her street.

Jamie Bruce became “fixated” with Kelly Young during their brief spell as neighbours 10 years ago.

Bruce was given a restraining order to keep away from his anguished victim in 2003 but Newcastle Crown Court heard the 28-year-old has continued to pester her and spent time in prison as a result.

While serving his latest jail term last summer, Bruce continued his bizarre behaviour from behind bars by penning a series of threatening letters claiming Miss Young would be tortured and killed.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: “She does not know the defendant or have any sort of relationship with him other than living in the same street for a short period of time.

“He has become fixated with her and has committed a number of offences of harassment and breach of restraining orders over the years towards her.”

In July last year, Bruce was in prison because of his behaviour but continued his campaign from behind bars.

The court heard he sent two letters to Miss Young, who has since moved house, and a further three addressed to her were found in his cell.

Mr Wardlaw said: “He makes threats of violence towards Miss Young.

“He said he will kidnap her, he will hold her in a room and torture her, he will pull out her teeth.

“He made threats of violence, death and torture.

“He made reference to his current girlfriend’s father who is Russian and there is a threat made this gentleman will have Miss Young killed.”

Bruce, of Sulgrave, Washington, admitted breach of the restraining order and was due to be sentenced yesterday.

Judge James Goss QC adjourned the case for the preparation of a psychiatric report.

The judge said: “I want proper and full inquiries to be made and an up to date report from a consultant forensic psychiatrist to be available.”

Bruce will be sentenced during the week commencing July 30.

He was remanded in custody in the meantime.

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