Stalker who subjected York shop worker to terrifying ordeal is jailed

27 Aug 2020 @ 10.33 pm
| Crime

A man who attacked a shop assistant at sandwich kiosk at York station has been jailed for 20 months.

The court heard how Jamie Kelly approached the victim as she worked at a sandwich kiosk at York station on Saturday, 11 September 2019

He aggressively questioned her then threw sandwiches and other goods at her while using threatening language. 

Terrified he would enter the kiosk the victim barricaded herself inside until he had left. 

As she was leaving the station that night she was again approached by Kelly. Afraid for her safety she retreated back to the station and asked a member of staff to alert police.

Around a month later on Monday, October 21, Kelly attempted to get into the kiosk so he could speak with the victim’s colleague.

The following day he returned looking for his victim.

On Wednesday, October 23, he again returned to the kiosk and aggressively approached his victim. 

British Transport Police were alerted and Kelly was arrested.

Living in fear

Jamie Kelly, aged 30, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and stalking and was sentenced at York Crown Court on Thursday, August 13.

Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said: “Kelly put his victim through a terrifying ordeal, to the extent that she was constantly looking over her shoulder and living every moment in fear of when he would next appear and what he would do.

“No one should have to fear for their safety like this, particularly when going about their day to day lives. 

“Kelly’s cowardly and menacing actions have earned him a prison sentence which should help provide his victim with some relief.”

He said if you are subject to threatening behaviour or witness something that concerns you, you can report it discreetly by texting BTP on 61016.