Rio Ferdinand stalker jailed

A woman who stalked footballer Rio Ferdinand and his family was jailed for 10 weeks today and put on a restraining order for 10 years.







Susanne Ibru, 38, appeared at Crewe Magistrates' Court today after being convicted of harassment of the Manchester United and England star last month.



The defendant was living in Peckham, south London, when she made three 400-mile round trips to Ferdinand's home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, on February 21 last year, then again on June 16 and 18, her trial heard.



The 32-year-old footballer told the court that Ibru left him fearing for his family's safety by turning up at his home and demanding to speak to him.







Sentencing Ibru, District Judge Nicholas Sanders said he was "concerned" by the defendant's behaviour since she had been in custody.



He said: "The pre-sentence report describes you as living in a fantasy world, unable to interpret social situations and boundaries.



"You display a predatory and manipulative lifestyle and try to deliberately mislead interviewers."



On hearing the sentence, Ibru said: "I will be appealing against that."



As she was led to the cells, she added: "I stick two fingers up at you."







During the trial for harassment last month, Ibru represented herself and cross-examined her victim but fled the court during the lunch break.



She was convicted in her absence and a warrant was issued for her arrest.



Ibru, of no fixed address, appeared back in court on April 20 where she was further remanded in custody.



The court heard that, on the day of her arrest in Warrington, Cheshire, she spat in the face of the arresting officer.



Today, Ibru, who was wearing a red skirt and beige jacket, pleaded guilty to assaulting the police officer.



District Judge Sanders said police officers "did not deserve to be spat on" when carrying out their duty.



The court heard that Ibru had ambitions of becoming a "sports agent" and Simon Leech, defending, said the she was an "accomplished athlete".













The court heard that Ibru, who has previous convictions for assault, public order offences and possessing an offensive weapon "bitterly regretted" struggling with the arresting officers and offered an apology in the police station for spitting.

She was made the subject of a 10-year restraining order banning her from entering the village of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, and approaching Rio Ferdinand and his wife, and she must not go to any match or event which the footballer is attending.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower