Former BBC DJ and presenter Jeremy Vine jailed for stalking


A former BBC local radio DJ and YouTube host has been jailed for more than five years after being convicted of stalking four people, including broadcaster Jeremy Vine.

On August 5, 42-year-old Alex Bellfield was found guilty of stalking at a trial in Nottingham Crown Court.

On Friday, he was jailed for five years and 26 weeks.

“Trolling Jimmy Saville”

“This is no ordinary troll here. This is Jimmy Saville the troll,” Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine told the court at the time, adding that he was subjected to an “avalanche of hate”. rice field.

A jury found Bellfield of Mapperley, Co. Nottingham guilty of four counts committed between 2012 and 2021.

The court heard he gave two victims serious warnings or distress and was convicted of “simple” stalking in connection with Vine and theater blogger Philip Dehany. BBC Radio Northampton presenter Bernie Keith says a ‘tsunami of hate’ has left him suicidal.

Vine said in court of Bellfield’s behavior, “I felt like I had a hook in my face and my flesh was being ripped out. The only way to avoid further pain was to stay completely still.” ‘ said.

Videographer on Twitter Ben Huth posted a victim statementhe added, “excited justice has been served.”

“For nearly three years, I have been subjected to the most painful personal attacks. I was exhausted emotionally.

Not “traditional stalking”

During sentencing, Judge Saini told Bellfield, “Your crime is so serious that only a prison sentence can be justified.”

The judge added that while not “traditional stalking,” Belfield’s “methods were as effective as those of intimidating victims, and in many ways far more difficult to deal with.” .

According to the pre-sentencing report, Bellfield “fully acknowledges the victim’s distress” but “seems like you are still focused on the impact on you and that you have been wronged in certain respects.” I am emphasizing what I feel.”

Saini added that Bellfield’s victims “couldn’t run away” until bail conditions were imposed before trial, while Bain said he had “weaponized the internet” against those he targeted. I agree with the features.

The judge also ordered an indefinite restraining order against Bellfield in favor of his victim and four other individuals.

Belfield also has a YouTube channel called “The Voice of Reason” with 361,000 followers. In a video statement in August After his conviction, he said he would step off the platform.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Owen Evans

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Owen Evans is a UK-based journalist with a particular interest in civil liberties and free speech, covering stories from a wide variety of countries.