Rio Ferdinand’s stalker charged with assault on female constable
A woman who stalked Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has now been charged with assaulting a police officer.
Susanne Ibru (38) appeared at Crewe Magistrates Court after being arrested yesterday morning 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 yesterday's 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.
Ibru appeared in the dock yesterday wearing a red skirt and cream jacket and flanked by two security officers.
She pleaded guilty to breaching her bail conditions by arriving 90 minutes late for Monday's trial.
Simon Leech, defending, said it was a genuine error as she went to the wrong court building.
He added that she was arrested yesterday at an address in Warrington shortly after she called a taxi to go to a police station where she planned to hand herself in.
Judge Sanders said he would not pass sentence on the harassment and bail matters 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.
In the meantime she will appear before Judge Sanders again today, when he will consider a bail application.
The defendant was remanded in custody overnight to enable police to establish where she lives.
During the course of the proceedings Ibru has been linked with addresses in Queens Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Shaws Road, Southport, and York Terrace, Liverpool.
Mr Davies told the court that Cheshire Police said the address in the north east was “unsuitable” as a current occupant, a hospital consultant, denied any knowledge of the defendant.
Remanding her in custody, District Judge Sanders said to the defendant: “At the moment, I don't have sufficient information to decide on bail.”