Crush on girl lands man in court

A 51-year-old man who wanted to ask a young woman out on a date ended up in court after she reported him to police.

At Corby Magistrates Court on Friday, June 29, Luis Moreira, of Wellington Street, Kettering, pleaded guilty to harassing Stacey McAullay in May when he visited her workplace on two separate occasions.

He was given a two-year conditional discharge and was told to abide by a 24-month restraining order banning him from making any contact with the young woman.

Mitigating, Ben Brown, said: “This was an affair of the heart and he has been something of an old fool.

“He wanted to ask her out on a date. He blurred the lines between personal and professional and he regrets he caused the woman upset.

“He is of previous good character and is ashamed at being before the court.”

Magistrates were told that Moreira, from Portugal, met the woman when he went to a company which specialises in helping people get back into full-time work.

During a six-month period he phoned her and sent her text messages.

She left the firm but their paths crossed again this year when he went to another employment agency in Corby where she was working.

He visited the company twice to see her, once with a box of chocolates.

The court was told the woman became scared and felt intimidated and the matter was reported to the police.