Isle of Wight Freshwater 5 drug smuggler stalked a woman
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Isle of Wight Freshwater 5 drug smuggler stalked a woman

Daniel Payne was due to appear before the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (June 13) after he denied without fear, anxiety or concern that he had engaged in stalking between September 1 and October 11 last year.

However, last Friday (June 7), Payne changed his plea to guilty and appeared before a judge this morning (Tuesday).

Payne, of Kings Road, East Cowes, admitted harassing his ex-girlfriend by sending her texts and social media messages and unwanted gifts, meeting her and using others to try to contact her.

Police received a complaint on June 14 last year that Payne had harassed his victim six weeks before making the complaint.

The victim said Payne, 49, sent her numerous unwanted messages on WhatsApp and Instagram after she told him their relationship was over, said Liz Miller, prosecuting.

Other examples of his harassment include stuffing her bag of clothes through her car window, which he says “looks better on you than it does on me.”

He also asked her to “stop by for a coffee” and look at his house, and after a night of fishing, Payne showed up at her house.

The victim told him she didn’t want to see him again and he eventually left, but came back and left her flowers and fish curry, the court heard.

Payne’s harassment also included attempts to contact her through friends and her sister.

The woman told police that Payne scared her because of his past.

Payne spent nine years in prison for drug smuggling, and the case made national headlines.

Payne and four other convicted people are said to have taken drugs from the English Channel on a fishing boat in 2010.

An appeal against Payne’s sentence was unsuccessful in 2021.

In Payne’s case, Oscar Vincent said his client was “naive” about relationships because he had been in prison for so long.

“The end of the relationship hit him hard. He just wanted answers as to why they broke up,” Vincent said.

Magistrates ordered a report on Payne and released him on bail to return to court on July 26.