Stalker from Wing '˜took over our lives' says single mum

A single mum from Wing has shared her nightmare ordeal after being stalked by a neighbour.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, 12:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, 12:19 pm
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The woman, who does not wish to be named, was targeted incessantly by Andrzej Puchalski , 59, and she was eventually forced to flee the village.

Last month, Puchalski, of Evelyn Close, Wing, was handed a two-year-restraining order by magistrates and fined £315 after he appeared at the woman’s new home.

She told the LBO: “I’ve had eggs thrown at my car, flour thrown at my car ... he’d put my details up on Facebook claiming I’d fallen out with everyone one on the street.

“I came back from holiday and the padlocks on my gate had been superglued. I just couldn’t understand it.”

The woman said that Puchalski had introduced himself as a friendly neighbour when she moved in.

She said: “All I did was speak to him the same way I would with any neighbour, I’d just say ‘hello’ or ‘how are you’ if I bumped into him.

“But then, he started loitering around our fence for about an hour at a time.

“He also got to know our habits. When I was taking the kids to clubs, I used to turn my car around at the end of the road near his house and he would always appear.”

Things took a sinister turn when the woman asked Puchalski to stop hovering outside her fence.

“I said to him, ‘Andrzej, will you please not do that because it’s not normal and it frightens me’. I then received a letter of apology from him which I chose to ignore. That’s when everything changed for the worse.”

A short time later, the woman said she received a second letter filled with abuse, and his behaviour quickly escalated - causing her to feel alarmed.

She said: “I started feeling very on edge at home, like a sitting duck. I couldn’t even make conversation during dinner because I was so consumed by it all.

“We were making sure there were no gaps in the curtains, my children would see me in tears ... it just really gets you down.”

After complaining to police a year ago, the woman says Puchalski was cautioned but resumed his activities within two weeks. Eventually, she made the decision to move away.

Puchalski was arrested last month after he was spotted outside the woman’s new address. On Monday, September 17, he appeared before Hatfield Magistrates Court where he was handed the restraining order banning contact with the woman, as well as a £315 fine.

The woman added: “I’m telling this story so that hopefully, people will know what sort of man he is.

“It concerns me big time that he’ll do the same thing to someone else, but for now all I want is for him to leave me alone.”