Police officer's stalking shame.Byline: By Amy Cartmell
A police officer is fighting to clear his name after he was convicted of stalking his ex-girlfriend.
PC Michael Curry If you mean the puppet designer, see Michael Curry (Puppet Designer).
Michael Edward Curry (born August 22, 1968 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American former professional basketball player. has been suspended from duty pending his appeal at Newcastle Crown Court.
The Northumbria police Northumbria Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the areas of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear in England. The service is the sixth largest police constabulary in England or Wales. As of April 2005, the current Chief Constable is Mike Craik. officer allegedly harassed his former partner Kathleen Mossman for eight months, following the breakdown of their five-year relationship.
During that time the father-of-two was registered with an internet dating agency A dating agency is a business which acts as a service for matchmaking between potential couples, with a view toward romance and/or marriage between them. Variations
It was claimed during his trial he tracked down Ms Mossman to a cottage in the Lake District where she was on a romantic break.
On other occasions it was alleged he followed her to a hotel in Newcastle, spied on her while hiding behind parked cars and barricaded bar·ri·cade
1. A structure set up across a route of access to obstruct the passage of an enemy.
2. Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier. See Synonyms at bulwark.
tr.v. himself in their former home.
Ms Mossman told the court she was left "in absolute fear of Michael Curry and of what he would do to me."
Curry, 42, of Fairfields, Alnwick, had denied a charge of harassment between December 2002 and August 2003.
He was convicted following a three-day trial at the town's magistrates court last month and was given a 12 month conditional discharge A conditional discharge is a sentence passed by a court whereby the defendant is not punished provided he complies with certain conditions. An absolute discharge is unconditional: in some jurisdictions, where no conditions are imposed at all, in others where the conditions .
He was also banned from contacting Miss Mossman, her daughter, or her new partner Richard Turner for a year.
A police spokesman said: "Michael Curry is suspended from his duty at South East Northumberland area command following his conviction and he is on full pay."
Curry is being supported by the Police Federation, the union for rank and file officers, although he has funded his defence himself.
Alan Arkley, chair of the joint branch board for Northumbria Police Federation said: "We are providing support in the problems he has at the present time. Until the appeal has been heard and a decision made we cannot comment."
Curry described himself on an internet dating service as "attractive, fun-loving and hard-working."
He said his interests included pop music, travelling and computers and he said he enjoyed "being out in a crowd, at home with a glass of wine or a mountainside alone."
Curry started an affair with Ms Mossman in 1997, when she left her husband. He left his wife in early 2000 and they bought a house in Allerburn Lea, Alnwick, in May 2001 but the relationship ran into difficulties.
Miss Mossman claimed she ended the relationship after Christmas 2002 but that Curry did not move out of their home until five months later.
She has said that he became "increasingly controlling and manipulative."
Her partner Mr Turner told the court they were terrified ter·ri·fy
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To menace or threaten; intimidate. when Curry had banged on the door of their Lake District cottage in the middle of the night and shouted through the letter box.
Miss Mossman has said she has suffered from poor sleep, has been prescribed sleeping pills and tranquillisers.
She has had to take unpaid sick-leave from her job as a substance misuse co-ordinator for the youth offenders' team in Gateshead.
Curry has claimed things only started to go wrong last March when Ms Mossman told him she was seeing someone else. He said he had driven out to surprise her in the Lake District after she said she was there on her own.
Curry claimed that a meeting on Newcastle Quayside quay·side
The area adjacent to a quay or wharf or a system of quays, especially in a port city.
quayside quay n → Kai m was a coincidence and denied barricading himself in their former home.
He has said that he had emailed and texted Miss Mossman to sort out their finances, including a pounds 14,000 loan he had taken out to clear their credit card debts.
It took magistrates over three hours to return a guilty verdict.
The chairman said Curry was "a person who was obsessive and persistent in his efforts to find Miss Mossman."
He said: "We accept this was an emotional response to circumstances you found yourself in rather than a deliberate malicious course of action."
The appeal will be heard at Newcastle Crown Court . When the Chronicle contacted Curry at his home he did not want to comment on the case.