Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Rio Ferdinand stalker charged again

Footballer Rio Ferdinand complained Ibru repeatedly turned up outside his Cheshire home
Susanne Ibru was found guilty of harassing footballer Rio Ferdinand

A woman who stalked Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has been charged with a further offence of assaulting a police officer.

Susanne Ibru, 38, appeared at Crewe Magistrates' Court after being arrested under a warrant issued when she fled her trial on Monday.

She allegedly assaulted a female police officer in the course of her duties.

"During the course of that arrest an incident occurred which led to a further charge of assaulting a constable," prosecutor Ian Davies told the hearing.

Ibru was convicted of harassment after her trial heard she left the footballer fearing for his family's safety by repeatedly turning up at his Cheshire home.

The star said he was upset by the "unwanted and unwarranted" visits from the woman, whom he had never met.

As he left the witness box after she cross-examined him, she told her victim: "I'll see you soon, bye."

Ibru appeared in the dock wearing a red skirt and cream jacket and flanked by two security officers.

Judge Sanders said he would not pass sentence on the harassment and bail matters on Tuesday as he wanted the matter adjourned for reports. He indicated he will consider a community punishment.

Ibru will face Warrington magistrates on May 9 over the alleged assault of a police officer, which is being dealt with separately.

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