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Bungay: Cycling coach Mark Elmy found guilty of stalking woman at workplace

17:19 26 February 2014

Cyclist Mark Elmy from Bungay

Cyclist Mark Elmy from Bungay

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A cycling coach who waited outside a woman’s place of work has been found guilty of stalking.

Mark Elmy, a British cycling coach, former Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics and prominent member of Bungay Cycle School, denied the charge at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday, claiming he was worried about the victim’s health and not infatuated or obsessed.

Married father-of-two Elmy became “close” to the woman, who lives in Norwich, in 2011. The trial heard the pair had a sexual relationship, which the woman described as “one moment of madness”.

In August 2012, she told 48-year-old Elmy, of Beccles Road, Bungay, she no longer wanted any contact.

Two months later, police, having informally warned him to stay away, issued a Police Information Notice (PIN) that further contact would be harassment.

Despite the warning, Elmy went on to send unsigned Christmas and Valentine’s cards to the woman’s place of work.

He left an envelope containing £100 cash at her home, he “watched” her at sporting events across Norfolk and Suffolk and, in April 2013, sent a text message.

Giving evidence in court, the victim said: “I am terrified. I’m constantly looking over my shoulder and wondering where he’s going to appear next.”

During his police interview, Elmy denied sending the cards despite evidence, including DNA proof – a move his own solicitor described as “stupid”.

He eventually admitted sending them but insisted he contacted the victim because he “cared about her mental health”.

He claimed crossing paths with her outside her Norwich workplace was a coincidence and said they were bound to run into each other at sporting events.

Finding him guilty, magistrates said Elmy ought to have known his “intimidating” actions would caused distress, alarm or fear.

They noted that, as a result of conviction, Elmy would no longer pass a CRB check and would lose his job as a
coach.

Elmy was fined £1,200 and made subject to a three-year order prohibiting him from contacting the victim, going near her home or workplace. He will pay £620 costs.

3 comments

  • I can’t agree. Before this case came to court there would have been a long process of a complaint followed by police investigation, informal and formal warnings. If the guy had just been “a bit daft” and a nuisance he could have recognised it at this stage, apologised and let the woman get on with her life. That he persisted with the harassment over a long period - even to the point of denying DNA evidence and entering a not guilty plea - suggests he is delusional and a menace. The CRB check is there to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. It would be wholly inappropriate for him to continue working unsupervised with people in these groups. All credit to the woman who was prepared to stand up to him and bring this case.

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    Roger, Norfolk.

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • By the sounds of it this bloke has been a bit daft at most......so why does it now mean he can no longer coach cyclists. This CBR check system is all pants. The two do not relate or conflict in any way whatsoever. No wonder we do not have any good local sports coaches or volunteers in this country any more.

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • By the sounds of it this bloke has been a bit daft at most......so why does it now mean he can no longer coach cyclists. This CBR check system is all pants. The two do not relate or conflict in any way whatsoever. No wonder we do not have any good local sports coaches or volunteers in this country any more.

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Friday, February 28, 2014

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