Atheist's bizarre bid to convert Christian
07:40 12 September 2008
AN ATHEIST subjected a devout Christian woman to a “relentless” campaign of harassment in which he smeared dog faeces on her car and urinated on her doorstep.
Timothy Brown, of Edwin Avenue, Woodbridge, may seek medical help after a year-long bid to change Helen Watson's religious beliefs.
Brown, 37, who is married and has a child, pleaded guilty at South East Magistrates' Court in Ipswich yesterday to racially aggravated harassment between September 1, 2007, and September 10 this year.
His lawyer, Neil Saunders told magistrates: “It is utterly bizarre. He ought to see his doctor.”
The ordeal began in September last year after Mrs Watson had placed a religious fish sticker in her car.
After that point, she would regularly find that another sticker had been put on top of it with words such as “myth”, “deceived”, “sucker” and “fiction”, which she said were derogatory to her religious views.
Mrs Watson, of Barton Road, Woodbridge, decided not to do anything about it and hoped the problem would go away, but in August this year, Brown stepped up his campaign.
On several occasions, Mrs Watson came home to find that Brown had either smeared dog excrement on her car, allowed his dog to excrete on her lawn or had himself urinated on her property.
In a statement read out in court, Mrs Watson said she had been forced to lock her doors while in the house and found the experience upsetting.
She said: “I feel I am being victimised for my religious beliefs. I am concerned because my children have to get in and out of the car.
“I also find it embarrassing that when people come to visit there is a strong smell of urine. This harassment is relentless.”
During the latest spate of attacks, police installed secret CCTV at Mrs Watson's home which caught Brown visiting the property a number of times.
Naomi Turner, prosecuting, said Brown was arrested on Wednesday and admitted to police that he was an atheist and wanted Mrs Watson to “reconsider her religious beliefs”.
Mrs Turner added: “Brown became frustrated that he got no reaction. The incident with the dog excrement was done in anger and the urinating was meant to be a dirty protest.”
Brown was granted bail on the condition that he does not contact Mrs Watson or go to Woodbridge. He is due to appear for sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court on a date to be set.