September 21 2014 Latest news:
Friday, August 29, 2014
A well-known British cycling coach, found guilty of stalking a former friend from Norwich, has had his appeal dismissed - and been ordered to pay a further £620 in costs.
Mark Elmy, 48, a former Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics, was earlier found guilty of the offence at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court, and was fined £1,200 and made subject to a three-year order prohibiting him from contacting the victim, going near her home or workplace. He was also ordered to pay £620 costs.
The married father-of-two had denied the charge and appealed against his conviction at Norwich Crown Court claiming he was not infatuated or obsessed but had sent her cards to “raise her spirits”.
Jim Earle, for the prosecution, said Elmy, of Beccles Road, Bungay, had started coaching the victim, and after their brief relationship ended, she told Elmy she wanted to end all contact with him.
Police informally warned him to stay away, and issued a Police Information Notice (PIN) in 2012 which would mean any further contact would be harassment.
The court heard despite the police notice, Elmy sent unsigned Christmas and Valentine’s cards to the victim.
He also visited her local Norwich pub when she was there and left an envelope containing £100 cash at her home.
After a two day hearing Judge Katharine Moore upheld his conviction and ordered him to pay a further £620 in costs for the appeal.