Retired footballer ‘made ex-girlfriend’s life hell’ with sick stalking campaign

A former professional footballer has been sentenced to two years and six months behind bars after making his ex-girlfriend’s life “hell” with relentless stalking.

The victim said that her life was "made hell" by former boyfriend Shayne Bradley.

Gloucester Crown Court heard that former Mansfield Town and Chesterfield FC striker would frequently conceal himself in hedges near the victim's home, and even set up a fake online dating profiles in order to contact her.

A relationship began between the pair in 2019, but ended a year later as Bradley's possessive behaviour became more and more evident.

The incidents in question took place between September 22, 2020, and January 29, 2021, and saw him arrested on multiple occasions.

Bradley, 41, persistently loitered near the victim’s home, as well as the homes of her friends. He also made frequent unwelcome phone calls and sent abusive emails.

He was arrested in October 2020, reports Derbyshire Live, and was later released on police bail with conditions not to contact the victim.

A few days later he was made the subject of a non-molestation order, to restrict access to the victim and witnesses in the case.

Soon after he was arrested again with stricter conditions and an exclusion zone which included an alleyway near the victim's home.

Police used surveillance tactics to catch him in the act of breaking his conditions, arresting him for a third time and charging him with stalking the victim.

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The victim said: "We first met in September 2019 and he was a charmer and won me over, but he put himself on a pedestal and said my family and friends didn't have my best interests at heart.

"Eventually his possessive nature began to shine through and it escalated from there. I tolerated his behaviour for a year on and off. I knew it was never going to work, but I did care for him which was always the hard part.

"I knew that when this would end it would not be an easy ride, but little did I know he would go to the extent he did.

"After all contact ended and I changed my number, that's when he started following me and watching my house. Events that followed will stay with me forever.

"On the first occasion I'm aware of he followed me home from a friend's house, and my life was made hell for the months which followed.

"He has always played the victim, lying and deflecting attention from himself. The lies he told about me were horrific and he ruined my life, so it is important that people know the real Shayne Bradley."

Speaking yesterday, the investigating officer, Detective Constable Katie McGurk said: "These type of offences strike fear and lasting emotional and psychological damage and this has been emphasised by the victim personal statement bravely read out by the victim today.

"Having to change your everyday tasks and not feeling safe is horrific and something that will probably always stay with the victim. I hope that the result today will offer her some closure and that the restraining order provides her with some reassurance."

On Thursday, April 8, Recorder James Bromige sentenced Bradley to two and a half years in prison, and handed him a five-year restraining order.

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