Man denies stalking woman he met in Plymouth
A MAN has denied stalking a woman for three months, following her in his car “up to three to four times a week”.
Nicholas Pennell of Glanville Road, Tavistock, is alleged to have taken a shine to his victim after visiting her at her workplace in Plymouth city centre.
The 62-year-old appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court today where he pleaded not guilty to the charge of stalking, under the Harassment Act 1997.
Gareth Warden for the Crown Prosecution Service told magistrates Pennell had gone into the workplace and found the young woman “very pleasant, charming and very helpful”.
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He then “happened to see her leaving the Park and Ride bus in Southway” and began following her.
The court heard Pennell followed her through July, August and September of this year around the Widewell area of the city on “at least 39 separate occasions”.
The court was told Pennell never made any personal contact with the young woman, other than the very first meeting.
Pennell, who was described in court as being of previous good character, was granted conditional bail by the magistrates.
He elected for trial at Plymouth Crown Court and will next appear there for a preliminary hearing on November 11 and a plea and case management hearing on January 20, 2014.