Local News & Archive — May 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm — Updated: May 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Stalker convicted of harassing ex-Miss Prestatyn again

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This Morning, October 2013 (ITV Studios)

This Morning, October 2013 (ITV Studios)

A disabled man has been found guilty of breaching his restraining order against a former Miss Prestatyn for a third time.

Anthony Mantova from Meliden claimed his YouTube account had been hacked when a derogatory comment under his name was posted on a video uploaded by Chloe Hopkins. He was banned from approaching the singer and publishing any material about her in July 2012.

The comment, made under the 39 year-old’s name last month, called Miss Hopkins a ”disgraceful w***e” and claimed she had contradicted an earlier court statement when she appeared on ITV’s ”This Morning” to talk about her experiences of being stalked.

Mantova told police that he had been set up in a ”gross miscarriage of justice” and claimed she had been upset because he was receiving more publicity through a campaign to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, which he suffers from.

When interviewed, he told detectives: ”Somebody, somewhere can easily hack the account. I really cannot be bothered to have anything to do with her.”

His defence claimed that while the existence of comment was not in doubt, there was no concrete evidence over who posted it.

In a statement, Miss Hopkins told Prestatyn magistrates that her experience had led to the end of a relationship with her boyfriend and at one point, an overdose.

Sentencing was adjourned until Thursday 23rd June, when Mantova will appear at Caernarfon Crown Court. His lawyer, Juliana Garay, requested that the pre-sentence report consider whether a prison sentence would not be appropriate because of his ”delicate state of health”. He was released on bail.

 

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