Johann Perera trial: Defence question girl behind stalking claims

Mr Ayers will appear at Luton Crown Court on December 8
Mr Ayers will appear at Luton Crown Court on December 8
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As the third day of the trial of Johann Perera took place at Luton Crown Court, the defence questioned the girl at the heart of the stalking allegations.

The girl, who was just 17 when the alleged stalking began, said: “I just thought he was a bit crazy but he was nice.”

And then as time went on, she explained: “I thought he wasn’t as nice as he made out to everyone. He was dangerous and scary.

“I was concerned he might do something, harm me or my boyfriend. He found out where I lived, where I worked...”

Defence barrister Robert English asked the girl if she had been given gifts such as scarves and signed birthday cards to Mr Perera’s sister and father. She agreed that at the beginning, she had been friendly towards him.

She confirmed that Mr Perera had never behaved violently towards her. Reference was also made to an incident where Mr Perera had somehow entered her car and placed flowers there.

English: “There’s plenty of emails of him saying how much he cares about you.”

Girl: “And then he says that I’m an adulteress and I should die.”

English: “He makes reference does he not, to God, as we know?

Girl: “Yes, because he’s very clever.”

English: “Obviously you’ve been subject to receiving a lot of written material. We can see that you’re upset but the reality is, I’m going to suggest, that you didn’t actually fear he was going to do anything.

“The reality is you were incredibly annoyed and irritated. Why did you not immediately contact police?”

Girl: “Because everyone in Leighton Buzzard loves him.”

English: “If it was the case the you genuinely and seriously feared for your personal safety, surely that was going to trump what anyone else said? Surely your safety would come first?

Girl: “No. Because he’ll get people to our house.”

English: “Wouldn’t it be the sensible thing to do to, to speak to the police at least as a starting point?”

Girl: “No, because I didn’t feel the police could protect us.”

Mr English then spent some times examining texts between the girl and Mr Perera.

English: “Why is it that you eventually went to the police?”

Girl: “Because he wouldn’t stop and leave us alone.”

English: “But that was the problem, the not stopping contact, wasn’t it? This was incredibly annoying, but that was the reality of it.”

Girl: “No. No.”

English: “Because any reference to violence he made was not straight forward, because on a number of occasions it involved violence to him?

Girl: “No. Not on every occasion.”

English: If you really feared for your personal safety, how did you leave the house in the morning?”

Girl: “I had to.”

English: “As it were, took pot luck in case anything happened?”

Girl: “Exactly.”

English: “As far as sexual matters are concerned, I can understand why you would not want to be reading or hearing that, but there was an element of joking around it. This is not someone to be taken seriously, is it? The friendship with Mr Perera started well enough and then it became annoying to you.”

Girl: “And scary.”

English: “And he wouldn’t stop the contact, that’s why you went to the police.”

Girl: “No. I went because I was scared. He wouldn’t stop threatening us and sending letters and emails.”

Mr Perera faces four charges of stalking. Two of stalking involving causing distress or alarm, and two of stalking involving fear of violence, in relation to the girl and her boyfriend.

The case continues.