The former fiancé of the late TV presenter Caroline Flacck has been jailed for harassing GB News journalist Dan Utton.
Andrew Brady, 31, of Sheffield, admitted to harassment at a court hearing on 1 February and was closed on Friday for four months.
QC Judge Jeremy Richardson, sitting in Sheffield Crown Court, said Brady’s allegations that Mr Wootton was in some way responsible for Flackthe death of “completely irrational.”
He noted that the former executive editor of The Sun was a friend of the presenter of Love Island, who died in 2020.
Judge Richardson told the defendant that his attacks on Mr. Wootton had “everything to do with your longing for celebrity status and your annoyance that our press is not the least bit interested in your somewhat uninteresting life.”
In Brady’s conviction, the judge noted that given the time he had spent in custody, he would be released “in the very near future”.
Brady was also sentenced to a 10-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting Mr Wootton, posting anything about him online or going 200 yards from home or work.
Judge Richardson described Brady’s social media posts for Mr Wootton as “completely scandalous” and warned him that he could face up to years in prison if he violated the order.
The judge was told that Brady accused Mr Wootton of being a sex offender and murderer during a two-month campaign and compared him to convicted infamous film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Judge Richardson said it was “deeply offensive criminal behavior” and described it as “irrational” and “narcissistic”.
Mr. Wootton “adores” Caroline Flack
In a statement read in court, Mr Wootton – who watched the trial via video link – said he “adores” the late, great Caroline Flaccus.
“I only wrote stories about Caroline that she wanted published,” he said. “She knew I was watching over her. The public should be aware that he (Brady) does not trust to speak on behalf of Caroline.
“I hope he gets the help he needs.”
The court heard Brady’s campaign begin a year after Flack’s death and included what the judge described as “deeply unpleasant nonsense” on a number of platforms.
Laura Marshall, a prosecutor, said a message published by Brady about Mr Wootton said: “I wanted to get rid of him once and for all.”
And she said WhatsApp’s voice messages left for the presenter included comments such as “you’re to blame for people’s deaths” and “you’re an evil person to deal with.”
The judge said he was “completely satisfied” that Brady’s “catalog of abuse” had “very little to do with Miss Flack’s death.”
The judge told Brady, “Simply put, you have to stop doing what you’re doing.”
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