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HomeBreaking NewsClaire Foy 'frightened to leave her property' as stalker avoids jail

Claire Foy ‘frightened to leave her property’ as stalker avoids jail

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Claire Foy, a star of The Crown, said her freedoms had “gone” as her stalker avoided jail.

Jason Penrose, 49, a US citizen, sent the actress more than 1,000 emails, including one referring to rape, and turned up at her door where he repeatedly rang her doorbell.

He was given a stalking protection order in July and pleaded guilty in November to stalking Ms Foy between August 2021 and February 2022.

He also admitted two charges of breaching an interim stalking ban order by sending a letter and a parcel to the Golden Globe winner, who played the young Queen in the first two series of the hit Netflix show.

Penrose was sentenced to one year and 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, at the Old Bailey on Friday and will be repatriated to the US.

Judge David Aaronberg KC said he remains “troubled” that Penrose, a paranoid schizophrenic, “may continue to be infatuated with Ms Foy”, despite having been repeatedly told she wants no contact from him.

The judge said Ms Foy has “become scared and suspicious of post she does not recognise and of her front doorbell ringing” in the wake of the stalking.

He added: “She told the police she was frightened to leave her property in case you might follow her.”

Quoting a statement from Ms Foy, he said: “I feel like the freedoms I enjoyed before Mr Penrose contacted me have now gone. I view the world in a much more fearful way.”

The judge said there is no record of him being cleared for “lawful entry to the UK” and that he was liable to be deported had he not voluntarily agreed to return to the US.

Varinder Hayre, prosecuting, had earlier told the

Claire Foy, a star of The Crown, said her freedoms had "gone" as her stalker avoided jail. He was given a stalking protection order in July and pleaded guilty in November to stalking Ms Foy between August 2021 and February 2022. The judge said Ms Foy has "become scared and suspicious of post she does not recognise and of her front doorbell ringing" in the wake of the stalking.

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