Man with Jill Dando obsession is freed after breaking ASBO
A mental patient with a Jill Dando obsession is to be freed after a Judge heard how improved measures have been made for his care in the community.
Jason Kerswell terrified a woman and her elderly father by walking into their home out of the blue and ranting at them about the Jill Dando case.
He has a history of pestering strangers and broke an Anti Social Behaviour Order by going into their home in Dawlish, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Kerswell went on to break the order again three days later by turning up bare-chested at a pub in Newton Abbot where he was banned and threatening staff who tried to evict him.
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He has a fascination not only with murdered TV star Jill Dando, but also with the Crimewatch programme she used to present as well as Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers, and often wears their t-shirts.
Kerswell, 41, of Captain’s Road, Kingsteignton, admitted two breaches of the Asbo, one at a house in Formosa Road, Teignmouth, and one at the Richard Hopkins pub in Queen Street, Newton Abbot.
His sentence was adjourned last month because a judge was concerned that the care package available to him would not prevent fresh offences.
Recorder Mr Ignatius Hughes, QC, jailed him for six months, suspended for 18 months and ordered him to receive drug rehabilitation as part of a 12 month supervision order.
He told him: ”Make sure you clean your act up. I am quite certain you can do it. You frightened the wits out of those people and there is a background to your offending which is particularly disturbing.
Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Kerswell was made subject of an Asbo in 2011 but has been in court three times for breaking its conditions, which include not to cause alarm or distress to strangers.
She said the latest victim Susan Law was at home in Teignmouth with her 86-year-old father Bill Woollaston when they heard Kerswell hammering at a neighbour’s door.
He then walked into their home through the front door which had been left slightly open during the hot weather in July.
Miss Eagles said: ”He was agitated, fidgeting and speaking quickly. His eyes were staring and he was angry. He said he needed to see his brother who lived next door and Mrs Law said he started talking about crazy stuff.
“He made reference to Jill Dando, the television presenter who was murdered and spoke for some 15 minutes. He also said he was a Neighbourhood Watch member.
“He went outside and put his hand on his genitals and looked at Mrs Law and told her she had ‘luscious lips’. She made a personal statement which said she was frightened to go out and his sexualised behaviour towards her made her feel completely disgusted.”
Miss Eagles said in an unrelated incident Kerswell went into the Richard Hopkins pub in Newton Abbot and alarmed customers before threatening the manager when he told him to leave.
He told police he had spoken about Jill Dando because he has in interest in the case.
Nigel Wraith, defending, said Kerswell was a paranoid schizophrenia who needed help from the mental health services and who had now been assigned a support worker.
He said the case had been adjourned to ensure that the care package he needed was in place so he would not pose any risk when he is released.