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Girl flies 3,500 miles from New York to give evidence against 'stalker' but trial is adjourned

A wealthy businessman's daughter flew 3,500 miles from New York to give evidence against her alleged stalker - only to see the trial adjourned for four months.

Honor Weatherall, 24, claims she felt 'terrified and almost helpless' after being stalked by Alexander Rodrigo Kaliszewski, 34, for eight months, between January and August last year.

Ms Weatherall alleges that Mr Kaliszeweski, of Kensington, approached her outside her London flat, followed her and took pictures of her home over the period. 

But, the trial was postponed this week after her lengthy journey over concerns the defence was not provided with all of the case's evidence.

Ms Weatherall's extended family control the conglomerate Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited, and her father, Percy Weatherall, was managing director of the company until 2006. 

Honor Weatherall, 24, (left) claims she felt 'terrified and almost helpless' after being stalked by Alexander Rodrigo Kaliszewski, 34, (right) for eight months, between January and August last year

Kaliszewski's trial was adjourned because his solicitor, Moira MacFarlane, had not been provided with all of the evidence in the case. 

Magistrate Alan Elias said: 'We are mystified why there was not any active case management on both sides.

'Inescapably we have to consider that an adjournment is inevitable.

'We have an advocate who currently is not in a position to properly advise their client.

'We think both sides are at fault here, we have to ultimately consider what is in the interests of justice, and the balance falls with an adjournment.'

Ms Weatherall claims 'total stranger' Mr Kaliszewski approached her outside of her London flat and conducted an eight-month stalking campaign that included him following her, taking photographs of her home and writing her messages.

She also said she had to close down her social media accounts and now fears being left on her own.  

Ms Weatherall had said in her statement read at Westminster Magistrates' Court: 'Each incident has had a profound effect on me. I'm usually a confident, headstrong person.

'I was left terrified and almost helpless. The whole experience has made me change the way I live my life.

Ms Weatherall alleges that Mr Kaliszeweski approached her outside her London flat, followed her and took pictures of her home over the period

'A total stranger persistently and forcefully writing you messages, following you, taking photos of your home and potentially putting you in grave danger will affect the way you live your life.

'I fear being on my own. 

'My parents will vouch that for the fact that in the two and a half months I was at home I was not feeling myself.

'I'm usually an incredibly independent person and now I feel incredible dependent on them.

'The idea I was the one to make the alteration to my life due to the horrific actions of another human being with no understanding of his true impact felt very unfair.' 

Kaliszewski, of Longridge Road, Kensington, denies stalking involving serious alarm or distress between 26 January 2020 and 4 August 2020.

He appeared in the dock wearing a flowery kimono-style jacket and brown corduroy trousers.

According to the charge his conduct amounted to stalking and caused Ms Weatherall 'serious alarm or distress, which had a substantial adverse effect on her usual day-to-day activities when you knew or ought to have known that your course of conduct would cause alarm or distress to her on each occasion in that you sent many communications and attended her residences many times'.

Kaliszewski, was released on bail on the condition he does not contact Ms Weatherall, or her parents Clara and Percy, ahead of his trial on 17 December at City of London Magistrates' Court.

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