Premier League star Rio Ferdinand may have to face a stalker again.Yes, it's this space cadet again, being pandered to some more by the legal system.
A court today granted Susanne Ibru, 38, leave to appeal against her conviction for harassment and a 10-year restraining order to stop her bothering the Manchester United player and his family.
Ibru, of no fixed address, told Judge David Hale at Warrington crown court: "I want to appeal against everything, the conviction, the sentence, the restraining order."Yes, well, while you ponder the legal niceties, this woman is being assisted to make a man's life a misery, judge.
She told the court: "I know Ferdinand and he knows me, and I hope he opens his mouth and says that this time." Judge Hale replied: "That doesn't mean you never harassed him, what matters is how you contacted him."
Ibru told the court Ferdinand's statement had been "changed" by police and that she did not believe he wanted her prosecuted.I suspect she falls into the 'not legally insane' category, and so is free to roam at will, doing as she pleases. At least she's fixated on a victim with the resources to protect himself, though that's scant comfort for Ferdinand.
She also said she had not had time to prepare her grounds for appeal after being released from her prison sentence two weeks ago.
Ibru, who wants to be a sports agent, was living in Peckham when she made three 400-mile round trips to the star's home in Cheshire last year. She represented herself during her trial and cross-examined her victim.And how is this not yet another extension of her stalking?
She was convicted of harassment in her absence after fleeing the court, having finished her questioning of Ferdinand with the words: "I'll see you soon, bye."And so it rumbles on and on....
She later pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer who was sent to arrest her.
Why can we not find some way of containing people like this? Why are we seemingly uncaring about the ruin that they cause to people's lives? Does this case not shock people because they say 'Oh, he's well paid, he can afford the hassle'..?