Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Woman jailed for stalking Ferdinand

Susanne Ibru has been jailed for 10 weeks

A woman who stalked footballer Rio Ferdinand and his family has been jailed for 10 weeks and put on a restraining order for 10 years.

Susanne Ibru, 38, appeared at Crewe Magistrates' Court after being convicted of harassment of the Manchester United and England 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 that Ibru left him fearing for his family's safety by turning up at his home and demanding to speak to him.

Sentencing Ibru, District Judge Nicholas Sanders said he was "concerned" by the defendant's behaviour since she had been in custody.

As she was led to the cells, she added: "I stick two fingers up at you."

During the trial for harassment last month, Ibru represented herself and cross-examined her victim but fled the court during the lunch break.

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

Ibru, of no fixed address, appeared back in court on April 20 where she was further remanded in custody.

The court was told she spat in the face of the arresting officer on the day of her arrest in Warrington, Cheshire.

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