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Rio Ferdinand stalker insults judge

A woman who stalked footballer Rio Ferdinand and his family insulted a judge as she was remanded in custody.

Susanne Ibru, 38, told District Judge Nicholas Sanders as she was taken to the cells: "You need your head examined, seriously, no doubt about that."

Ibru was appearing at Crewe Magistrates' Court for a bail hearing after she was convicted on Monday of harassment of the Manchester United and England star.

Despite being offered three potential bail addresses in the last two days, the judge said he had "no confidence" that they were genuine.

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.

Ibru represented herself and cross-examined her victim but fled court during the lunch break. She was convicted in her absence that afternoon by Judge Sanders who issued a warrant for her arrest.

The defendant has been held in custody since she was detained by police in Warrington on Tuesday. Following the hearing she was further remanded in custody.

Judge Sanders told her: "I have no confidence in any of the addresses put forward. 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 with the angry outburst which could be heard continuing even after she was removed from the dock.

She will return to the court for sentencing on May 9.

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