Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Ferdinand stalker faces sentence

Susanne Ibru made three 400-mile round trips to Rio Ferdinand's home
Rio Ferdinand said stalker Susanne Ibru left him fearing for his family's safety

A woman who stalked England footballer Rio Ferdinand and his family will be sentenced.

Susanne Ibru, 38, will appear at Crewe Magistrates' Court after she was convicted of harassment of the Manchester United star last month.

The defendant was living in Peckham, south London, when she made three 400-mile round trips to Ferdinand's home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, on February 21 last year, then again on June 16 and 18, her trial heard.

The 32-year-old footballer told the court Ibru left him fearing for his family's safety by turning up at his home and demanding to speak to him.

Ibru represented herself and cross-examined her victim but fled court during the lunch break.

She was convicted in her absence and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

She appeared back in court on April 20 where she was further remanded in custody.

District Judge Nicholas Sanders told her: "I have no confidence that you are going to abide by your bail conditions and there is a substantial risk that you will fail to surrender."

Asked if she understood, Ibru responded: "You need your head examined, seriously, no doubt about that."

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