October 22 2014 Latest news:
Friday, August 29, 2014
A well-known British cycling coach who was found guilty of stalking a former friend from Norwich has appealed against his conviction and sentence.
Mark Elmy, 48, a former Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics, was found guilty at trial at Great Yarmouth magistrates’ court in February.
Elmy was fined £1,200 and made subject to a three-year order prohibiting him from contacting the victim, going near her home or workplace. He also had to pay £620 costs.
The married father-of-two had denied the charge claiming he was worried about the victim’s health and not infatuated or obsessed.
On the first day of the appeal at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, Jim Earle, for the Crown, said that Elmy, of Beccles Road, Bungay, had started coaching the victim in summer 2011, and there had been a brief relationship.
The relationship ended in December of that year and she told Elmy she wanted to end all contact with him.
Police, having informally warned him to stay away, issued a Police Information Notice (PIN) that further contact would be harassment in 2012.
The court heard that Elmy had sent unsigned Christmas and Valentine’s cards to the victim, had stalked her outside her place of work in Norwich and watched her at various cycling events in Norfolk and Suffolk.
He had also visited her local Norwich pub when she was there and left an envelope containing £100 cash at her home.
Giving evidence, behind a screen, the victim said she was a keen amateur cyclist who had a very brief relationship with Elmy, who prepared a very sketchy programme to improve her cycling.
She said after she broke up with him she blocked his emails but he continued to be “everywhere she was”.
Asked by Marcus Croskell, for Elmy, whether any of the alleged incidents of harassment could have been coincidences, she said no.
“As I said before, every time I turned around he was there,” she said.
The appeal continues.