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Stalker jailed for nearly four years for attacking ex at her home

An obsessive estate agent who defied a restraining order to continue a terrifying stalking campaign against his glamorous ex has been jailed.

Tobias Gorman, 30, was ordered by a court to stay away from actress and dancer Sophie Adnett in June 2019 after he spent months harassing her.

But Gorman, who had his victim's name tattooed on his body, ignored the order and vowed to 'ruin her life' as payback for landing him in jail. 

He twice assaulted Miss Adnett in her own home, forcing her to lock herself in the bathroom on one occasion from where she called the police. 

An 'obsessive' estate agent who defied a restraining order to continue a terrifying stalking campaign against his glamorous ex (pictured) has been jailed

On another occasion he crashed his Harley Davidson motorbike into her car outside her home in Bournemouth, Dorset.

After Gorman was remanded in custody he sent Miss Adnett letters from prison asking if she would be 'waiting for him' upon his release.

He was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Bournemouth Crown Court after admitting assault by beating, stalking and breaching a restraining order.

He also pleaded guilty to harassing another victim, Jessica Andrews, who he bombarded with angry messages in January 2019 after they briefly dated.

Gorman and Miss Adnett, a stage actress, were in a relationship between September 2017 and January 2019. 

He had become upset with Miss Andrews when another man responded to a social media post she had made. 

Tobias Gorman, 30, was ordered by a court to stay away from actress and dancer Sophie Adnett in June 2019 after he spent months harassing her, but he ignored the order and vowed to 'ruin her life' as payback for landing him in jail

Following their split, Gorman sent her over 100 emails and left her 146 voicemails with content of a sexual nature.

He was issued with a five year restraining order to stay away from Miss Adnett in June 2019.

Paul Fairley, prosecuting, said that Miss Adnett contacted Gorman in August 2019 because she felt guilty he had spent time in prison on remand and unblocked him from social media. 

But this resulted in him being able to see Instagram pictures of her at the beach in Bournemouth in September 2019.

The 27-year-old victim was left freaked out when he worked out where she was and came and sat next to her. 

On a final occasion he crashed his Harley Davidson motorbike into her car outside her home in Bournemouth, Dorset. Police forced entry into the home to find them arguing and arrested Gorman. Pictured: Gorman at court today with his father

After Miss Adnett told Gorman he couldn't see her anymore, he appeared at her house on September 18 and begged to be allowed in.

Mr Fairley said: 'Mr Gorman barged the door open and pushed her in the stomach, causing her to fall down.

'Thereafter there were lots of text messages. He said she took pride in ruining his life and he would return the favour.

'He sent messages to her work colleagues saying she should not be allowed to work with children as she was an escort and selling herself for sex.'

The court heard the second assault on Miss Adnett took place at her home address on September 29.

He grabbed both her arms when he became so angry 'his veins were popping out and he looked like he was going to explode'.

Mr Fairley said: 'He said "I'm going to hurt you" and grabbed her by the left arm, twisted it then grabbed her right arm. 

'She was so scared so locked herself in the bathroom and called the police.

Gorman was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Bournemouth Crown Court after admitting assault by beating, stalking and breaching a restraining order

'He tried to break the door down and when officers arrived he refused to let them in.

'She then burst out of the bathroom, ran to the front door and unlocked it with him close behind.'

Police were called to her home a final time on June 19 this year after receiving reports of a road traffic collision between Gorman's Harley Davidson and Miss Adnett's car.

They heard shouting from her home and forced entry to find them arguing.

Rob Griffiths, defending, said Gorman admitted he was 'a fool' who needed help to tackle his 'obsessive' behaviour in relationships.

He said: 'Mr Gorman accepts he has been a fool and he now no longer wants anything to do with Miss Adnett.

'Everyone including him recognises he needs serious help to tackle his obsessive behaviour.'

Sentencing, Judge Stephen Climie said Gorman could be considered dangerous if he didn't change his ways.

He said: 'You have come from a privileged background and your behaviour has damaged Miss Adnett very seriously indeed.

'There has been an accumulation of incidents with additional aggravating factors and even in prison you couldn't contain yourself because of your obsession.

'You need help and you need to take it.'

In addition to his prison sentence, Gorman, of Conifer Avenue, Poole, was given a restraining order of an unlimited time against Miss Adnett and a four year restraining order against Miss Andrews. He will also pay a victim surcharge.

Speaking after the case Miss Adnett said she was pleased Gorman had got such a lengthy jail term.

She said: 'I was in a very toxic and abusive relationship that isolated me from the rest of the world which I tried to leave many times.

'When I eventually managed to leave the relationship it got worse by being stalked and harassed daily for four months until my friends helped me report it.

'My life has now changed forever, I am not the same person I was. I have been emotionally scarred with everything that has happened in and after the relationship.

'He's left me depressed and anxious and I live in fear every time I hear a noise outside the house. I cry myself to sleep almost every night.

'I am grateful to the judge for taking the case seriously and making me feel heard and protected.'

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