'Infatuated' pupil Ashley Formby stalked singing teacher

Ashley Formby Formby told police he had a "special bond" with his music teacher

An "infatuated" pupil who became obsessed with his music teacher has been banned from contacting her after admitting harassment.

Ashley Formby, 27, of Llandrindod Wells, spent four months trying to woo Helen Sedgwick, sending her emails, phone messages and gifts.

He even gave her a model of the Titanic after learning the film's theme tune was "My Heart Will Go On".

He was given a 12-month community order by Llandrindod Wells' magistrates.

Sharon Anderson, prosecuting, said Ms Sedgwick told Formby she was not interested in pursuing a relationship with him but he continued to contact her.

This made her anxious and she was worried he would turn up at her home, the court heard.

Ms Sedgwick eventually called the police when he would not stop his advances.

Formby told officers he had a "special bond" with Ms Sedgwick and he was "devastated" when she rejected him.

Josie Flicker, defending, said: "He doesn't threaten violence, he is quite eloquent and shows genuine emotion.

"But he became quite childish when she rejected his advances."

As well as the community order, Formby was given an indefinite restraining order, banning him from contacting Ms Sedgwick.

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