EMMA Raducanu has been targeted by a stalker who stole her father’s shoe as a souvenir – scaring the tennis player to go out alone.
Married Amrit Magar tracked down the star’s address before visiting her home three times, leaving strange notes and gifts and traveling with her father’s trainer – mistakenly believing it was 19-year-old.
The Daily mail Magar, 35, was found guilty of stalking at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and will be sentenced next month.
Speak to the police last month while in Melbourne prepare for Australian Open, Emma said of her ordeal: “Because of this, I feel like my freedom has been taken from me. I kept looking over my shoulder.
“I feel stressed and worried this could happen again. I don’t feel safe in my own home, that’s where I should feel safest.”
Before Amazon Delivery driver Magar went to the South East London suburbs, where the teenager lived with her parents, Ian and Renee, and asked strangers for directions to her home.
He is said to have become interested in Grand Slam Champion while watching her on television during the lockdown, when he was unemployed.
In November, he arrived at her home with a bouquet of flowers and a whimsical piece of paper signed by him, with his wife’s name, Brina, and their dog’s name, Logan, also scrawled at the bottom.
The inscription reads: “Nothing to say, but you deserve to be loved”.
He confronted her parents – but told them he was a delivery driver who dropped gifts from someone else.
Then, in December, he posted a red envelope through his family mailbox with a rudimentary hand-drawn map of his journey from Edgeware in North London, which he had walked.
Next to the map, he wrote: “23 miles walked for you!”
Two days later, on December 4, he visited again, this time stringing fairy lights and Christmas decorations on the family’s garden tree before posting sundries and leftover spare batteries. through their mailbox.
After realizing the patio was open, he grabbed Emma’s dad’s trainer, believing it to be hers.
He then told police he wanted a “souvenir”.
But her father, Ian, said he recognized Magar from the doorbell camera footage and pursued him in his car.
In a statement, Mr Raducanu said: “I received a notification on my phone from the Nest doorbell. It says that someone is in front of the house.
“I went outside and could see a man standing on the sidewalk. He started to run away”.
Mr. Raducanu then followed Magar to a nearby bus stop, where he called the police.
Emma also said she was nervous at the prospect of the public finding out she had a stalker.
“I wanted to move to a new house with better security because I was worried he might come back because he knew where my house was,” she said.
Giving evidence on Friday, Magar said he was “embarrassed” now after realizing he had upset her.
Finding him guilty, District Judge Sushil Kumar said: “The fact that he can’t explain how he doesn’t think this is harassment is unbelievable.”
Magar was bailed because he did not contact Emma and her parents, or visit the street they lived in.
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