Anthony Laslett: stalker who left woman so terrified she bought a body worn camera avoids jail

Anthony Laslett, who was given a suspended prison sentence, had become ‘obsessed’ with the woman
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A stalker who left his victim too terrified to go out after driving past her house up to 15 times a day has narrowly avoided jail.

“Obsessed” Anthony Laslett followed the woman around in a van - terrifying her so much she bought a body-worn camera for protection.

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Anabell Holland’s ordeal began when she rejected Laslett’s attempts to strike up a romance, with the 28-year-old then pestering her.

Laslett, a managing director for an electrical firm, left Canterbury Crown Court smiling after being handed a suspended prison sentence.

Moments before, the stalker could be seen weeping in the dock, while promising a judge he would leave Miss Holland alone, or face prison.

Stalker Anthony Laslett was spared an immediate prison sentence.Stalker Anthony Laslett was spared an immediate prison sentence.
Stalker Anthony Laslett was spared an immediate prison sentence.

‘I’m in pure fear of Anthony Laslett’

The court heard Miss Holland was forced to secure a temporary stalking order against Laslett last year, in a bid to shut down his advances.

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But while pining for attention, Laslett trampled over the court ruling by following her on TikTok, days before Christmas.

He then used his Vauxhall to swoop near her Margate home 15 times in one day, despite being fitted with a tracker system to help authorities trace his movements.

And she was left terrified after Laslett smirked at her from the same vehicle three times on a day in January this year, prosecutors said.

Laslett breached the order a final time by entering Bugsy’s Tenpin Bowling in Ethelbert Crescent in June, and was arrested shortly afterwards.

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Miss Holland, who attended the hearing remotely, told the court in a statement: “I’m in pure fear of Anthony Laslett. He makes me so scared that I don’t want to go out.

“I don’t go out. I spend most of my time at home apart from seeing my mother.

“It has got to that point now where I would rather video-call people than go out because I’m scared.”

Miss Holland added she walks outside with a video camera in case he is following her, and feels “jumpy and paranoid”.

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She added: “During this last year and a half, dealing with a stalker has really affected my life and the things I do.”

Laslett originally denied the crimes in a police interview but admitted four stalking offences before a trial.

‘It is clear you became obsessed’

Kerry Waitt, mitigating, said Laslett “accepts there is no future in a relationship” with Miss Holland and assures he “will not be pestering her in the future”.

“It is clear there has been difficulty with Mr Laslett accepting and understanding the impact of his behaviour.

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“I would suggest the defendant’s behaviour, his fixation, his failure to realise the consequences is, in part, attributable to his underlying mental health issues, in particular his autism.”

Judge Catherine Brown said suspending Laslett’s sentence would allow her to enforce more stringent measures.

It would provide more help to protect Miss Holland and anyone else he fixates on, while increasing the chance of rehabilitation.

She told Laslett his “terrifying” behaviour showed a “complete lack of empathy” as he “altered [Miss Holland’s] life in significant ways”.

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“You had never been more than friends, you wanted more, she did not, and you did not accept that and it is clear you became obsessed.”

She handed Laslett a 28-week jail sentence suspended for 18 months, 150 hours of unpaid work and 45 probation days.

Laslett, of Addington Street, was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation at £100 a week.

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