WATCH: 'Malicious' Beckenham stalker gets two-year jail term for seven-year hate mail campaign
PUBLISHED: 13:09 23 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 23 August 2017
Johnathon Warner-Johnson called his neighbour's paedophiles, damaged their property and wrote about their Down's Syndrome relative
A “calculated, malicious” stalker has been jailed after putting his neighbours through a seven-year hate mail campaign.
Johnathon Warner-Johnson, 52, targeted a married couple near his home in Wellhouse Road, Beckenham, falsely branding them paedophiles, as well as writing cruel letters about a relative with Down’s Syndrome.
Warner-Johnson damaged their car, their son’s vehicle and a fence on their property as well as spraying their plants and lawn with weed killer.
Since the couple began receiving hate mail in 2009, the stalker hid his involvement by pretending to receive the same letters.
But suspicion rose around his true identity in June last year, when one of the letters claimed to be from a different neighbour.
Police found the writing had not changed and the content included information only shared with Warner-Johnson.
CCTV footage then captured Warner-Johnson throwing rubbish into his victim’s back garden, and spraying weed killer in the front at 5.26am on July 20.
He was arrested on December 2 after police saw the footage and a folder contraining copies of the letters and address stickers.
On April 13, he was charged with one count of criminal damage and two counts of stalking.
Warner-Johnson admitted all three charges and was sentenced to two years and four months in prison on Wednesday, August 16.
He must also pay £1.959 in compensation and was handed a 20-year restraining order.
During the seven years of torment, Warner-Johnson sent more than 200 letters to his victims.
His motive is still not known.
Det const Liz Truan, Bromley CID said: “Over a seven-year period, Warner-Johnson launched a calculated malicious campaign against his neighbours.
“His hate campaign brought significant alarm and distress to them over a prolonged period and it is right he has been jailed and handed such a long restraining order.”