'Love messages' harassed BBC presenter Fiona Bruce

Peter Oakey
Image caption Peter Oakey was said to have a history of harassment dating back to 2002

A viewer who admitted sending flowers and cards that upset a BBC newsreader will be sentenced in October.

Fiona Bruce said cards signed "your kingfisher and loving husband" harassed her, Basildon Crown Court heard.

Australian-born Peter Oakey, 51, of Brentwood, Essex, sent more than 20 cards referring to the 46-year-old presenter as "my beautiful firebird".

Judge John Lodge was considering an order under mental health laws and adjourned the case until 7 October.

Similar conduct

Mr Oakey also wrote cards saying "I love you Fiona" in breach of a restraining order imposed in December 2008.

He had admitted harassment at an earlier hearing and the court heard he had a history of "conduct of a similar nature" dating back to 2002.

He had previously appeared in court after writing "offensive" messages to a number of shops, including Boots and Sainsbury's, a church, a hospital and a doctor's surgery, the judge was told.

The presenter had made a statement saying Mr Oakey's behaviour left her "upset", "disturbed" and "distressed", the court heard.

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