Sick stalker’s false claims

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A SICK stalker penned a poison letter to his ex-girlfriend’s bosses claiming she had been boasting in a bar about abusing vulnerable patients in her care.

Mark Dixon wrote that his former partner had been overheard talking about her cruelty and said she would regularly take drugs while looking after clients.

As a result of the untrue claims the woman, from Sunderland, who had an unblemished seven-year-work record working with people with special needs, was suspended from her job and interviewed by the police.

Detectives soon realised the letter, in which Dixon used a false name and claimed to be a soldier on his way to serve in Afghanistan, was a cruel hoax.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Dixon, of no fixed address, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice in relation to the letter as well as his 16th breach of a restraining order meant to keep him away from his ex-girlfriend.

The woman’s nightmare began when she had a brief, six-week relationship with Dixon in 2009.

By January 2010 he had been made the subject of a restraining order to keep away from her.

The 34-year-old breached the order within six days and since then has served five separate prison sentences for constantly pestering and threatening her her via telephone, text and Facebook.

He sent the letter to her employers in September last year and in February this year attacked the woman’s mother as she looked on in horror during a shopping trip to the Bridges.

In March this year, when officers went to arrest him in Sunderland for breaches of the restraining order, he was carrying a knife.

Prosecutor Richard Herman told the court yesterday that the key issue with the letter was the impact upon Dixon’s ex-girlfriend.

He said: “She had three months off work after a seven-year unblemished work history.

“He gave no explanation why he had the knife.”

Dixon had denied perverting the course of justice, two restraining order breaches and having a bladed article but was found guilty by a jury.

He had admitted three earlier breaches relating to hate mail he had sent to his ex-girlfriend while he was in jail.

Judge Michael Cartlidge said the letter to the woman’s bosses was “appalling”.

Christopher Rose, defending, said: “He has led a very difficult life.”

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