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Rape and murder blog stalker jailed

A stalker has been jailed after writing a blog about raping and murdering a woman he had been harassing in real life for two years.

Greg Downing, 40, detailed the imagined attack on children's author Katharine Quarmby in an online novel.

Judge Deva Pilley sentenced Downing, of Beacon Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, to six months' imprisonment at Blackfriars Crown Court in London.

Downing bombarded Ms Quarmby, of north London, with phone calls and emails after they met through an online dating site in 2008, the court heard.

He was convicted of stalking her on three occasions before she found the blog online after typing her name into the internet search engine Google.

The 29-page piece, titled A Novel: Katharine Quarmby, is about a man stalking the writer, burgling her home, raping and finally murdering her.

The judge said: "This can only be described as a campaign of harassment.

"It is clear that your harassment of Miss Quarmby has been deliberate and premeditated so as to cause her and her family the maximum discomfort, embarrassment and fear."

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