Emma Raducanu ‘unsafe in own home’ after man convicted of stalking
A man has been convicted of stalking Emma Raducanu and the young Brit has said she feels her “freedom has been taken away” and is now “apprehensive to go out, especially on her own.”
19-year-old British sensation Raducanu attracted the attention of the world when she won the US Open, becoming the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
However, her meteoric rise to stardom and fame has come with its downsides as a man has been convicted of stalking the British starlet.
Amrit Magar, 35, first visited the London suburb where Raducanu resides with her parents in November and asked local residents for her address.
Magar then visited Raducanu’s home in London a total of three times and the young star has now indicated she is looking to move to a new house with improved security measures.
Once the address was known Magar then left notes for the teenager, including one saying she “deserved love” along with a bouquet of flowers.
Despite being confronted by Raducanu’s parents, Magar returned to deliver a map which outlined the 23-mile-long walk he had travelled to Raducanu’s home.
The stalker would visit once more two days later to deliver a tree decorated with Christmas lights. Whilst he was there he stole a trainer from the premises believing it belonged to Raducanu, however it was her father Ian’s.
Ian had recognised Magar from his previous visits and swiftly notified the police. He was found guilty of stalking by the Bromley Magistrates’ Court and will be sentenced next month.
The police found the trainer in his bag and when questioned about his possession of it, he said “he wanted a souvenir.”
Raducanu released a statement which read “I received a notification on my phone from the Nest doorbell. It said someone was at the front of the house. I went outside and could see a male stood on the pavement. He began running away.”
She also spoke to officers in Melbourne, where she said “since all this has happened, I have felt creeped out. I feel very apprehensive if I go out, especially if I am on my own.
“I feel like my freedom has been taken away from me. I am constantly looking over my shoulder. I feel on edge and worried this could happen again. I don’t feel safe in my own home, which is where I should feel safest.
“He might come back as he knows where my home is,” Raducanu fears.
Magar has since said he is ashamed of his actions, but District Judge Sushil Kumar said “his (Magar’s) inability to explain how he did not think this was harassment is incapable of belief.”
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