Raducanu stalker convicted in Bromley court

Emma Raducanu has discovered that an unfortunate by-product of becoming a celebrity is unwanted attention, which she has been experiencing over the past months from a stalker, who visited her home in Bromley, south London, on several occasions.

I am constantly looking over my shoulder. I feel on edge and worried this could happen again. I don’t feel safe in my own home which is where I should feel safest. Emma Raducanu

“Since all this has happened, I have felt creeped out. I feel very apprehensive if I go out, especially if I am on my own,” Raducanu said in a statement to Bromley Magistrates’ Court, where a 35-year-old man has been found guilty of stalking the British No 1.

Amrit Magar was convicted on Friday after he was captured several times on door camera footage at the 19-year-old’s house, where she lives with her parents, and he will be sentenced by the court next month.

The court heard that Magar, a former delivery driver, had left Raducanu flowers, a love note and a hand-drawn map, picturing his 23-mile (37-km) walk from his house in northwest London to reach her.

Raducanu added that it felt like her freedom had been taken away from her after she was stalked by Magar following her US Open success in September.

Magar reportedly travelled to the London suburb and asked strangers for directions to the Raducanu home and apparently visited the house three times, on one occasion leaving a note telling the teenager she ‘deserved love’ while on another he left a bouquet of flowers and stole a trainer from the porch as a ‘souvenir’, believing it belonged to Raducanu but was, in fact, her father’s shoe.

When he was confronted by Raducanu’s parents, he claimed he was a delivery driver dropping off gifts from someone else.

Later, he went to the house again and decorated a tree in the garden with Christmas lights.

In her statement to the courts and published by the Daily Mail, Raducanu said: “I am constantly looking over my shoulder. I feel on edge and worried this could happen again. I don’t feel safe in my own home which is where I should feel safest.”

She said she wants to move to a new house with better security.

In a further statement, Raducanu’s father said: “I received a notification on my phone from the Nest doorbell. It said someone was at the front of the house.

“I went outside and could see a male stood on the pavement. He began running away.”

Mr Raducanu followed Magar to a bus stop before calling the police.

When Magar was arrested he was found with the trainer in his bag, and told officers that he ‘wanted a souvenir’.

Giving evidence on Friday, Magar said he was ashamed of his actions, while District Judge Sushil Kumar said: “His inability to explain how he did not think this was harassment is incapable of belief.”


Amrit Magar was convicted on Friday at Bromley Magistrates' Court for stalking Emma Raducanu





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