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Star stalker handed jail term

PUBLISHED: 16:06 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

A CELEBRITY stalker has been sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to harassing Big Brother winner Kate Lawler. Mark Taylor, 46, of Arlington Drive in Old Marston, Oxford admitted a charge of harassment without violence at Bromley Magi

A CELEBRITY stalker has been sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to harassing Big Brother winner Kate Lawler.

Mark Taylor, 46, of Arlington Drive in Old Marston, Oxford admitted a charge of harassment without violence at Bromley Magistrates Court.

But upon sentencing on March 27, Taylor was released having served 66 days on remand.

The court heard he had sent sexually explicit mail to the reality television star from Beckenham between May 7 and September 16 2008.

An indefinite restraining order was issued restricting Taylor from contacting directly or indirectly Miss Lawler, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Aniston, TV presenter Penny Smith, Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, Lily Allen or Fern Cotton.

He is also forbidden from entering the London Borough of Bromley or Birmingham City Council or any place of work or residence, permanent or temporary, of the celebrities mentioned in the order.

This latest conviction follows an earlier sentence in 2006 for carrying out a three-year harassment campaign where he sent letters to Miss Lawler's parents address in Beckenham.

In 2006, DJ Miss Lawler told reporters: "I had this guy sending me letters and all sorts of stuff that freaked me out. He was thinking he was in with a chance so I got a restraining order put on him.

"On my birthday this year I was in the DJ booth of this bar and I saw him.

"I had to get a bouncer to take me to my car as I was worried he would jump out at me with a knife."

Taylor pleaded guilty to harassing Miss Lawler between January 1 2003 and June 30 2005 at Bromley Magistrates Court on January 10 2006.

He was given a community order, requiring him to undertake 160 hours unpaid work and a two year restraining order was issued against him.

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