Ex-BBC native radio DJ jailed for 5 years for stalking Jeremy Vine and different broadcasters | UK Information

A former BBC radio DJ has been jailed for 5 years and 26 weeks after being convicted of 4 stalking fees againast broadcasters together with Jeremy Vine.

Alex Belfield, 42, was discovered responsible at a trial at Nottingham Crown Court docket final month of waging a relentless stalking marketing campaign, with Vine labelling him “the Jimmy Savile of trolling”.

Jurors accepted Belfield brought about severe alarm or misery to 2 victims.

He was additionally discovered responsible of a lesser stalking cost in relation to Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 presenter Vine and theatre blogger Philip Dehany.

BBC Radio Northampton presenter Bernie Keith was left feeling suicidal by a “tsunami of hate,” the trial heard.

Belfield was convicted of 'simple' stalking in relation to Jeremy Vine
Belfield was convicted of a lesser stalking cost in relation to Jeremy Vine

Mr Vine described watching Belfield’s video output as like swimming in sewage.

“It felt like I had a fish hook in my face and my flesh was being torn, and the one strategy to keep away from additional ache was to remain fully nonetheless,” he mentioned.

Jurors convicted Belfield, of Mapperley, Nottingham, of 4 fees dedicated between 2012 and 2021.

Mr Justice Saini, sentencing Belfield, mentioned: “Your offences are so severe, solely a custodial sentence may be justified.”

He added a pre-sentence report confirmed whereas Belfield “totally acknowledges the misery to victims” it additionally “highlights you continue to seem to give attention to the affect on you and really feel in sure respects you’ve got been unfairly handled”.

The choose instructed Belfield that whereas not “conventional stalking”, “your strategies have been simply as efficient a approach of intimidating victims and in some ways a lot tougher to cope with”.

He added there was “no escape” for his victims till bail situations have been imposed forward of his trial.

He additionally agreed with Mr Vine’s characterisation that the ex-DJ had “weaponised the web” towards these he focused.

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