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'Lost soul' infatuated with copper.

Byline: JONNY GREATREX

AN UNEMPLOYED loner sent scores of emails to the cops, praising a married policeman and begging him to get in touch.

Jacolyn Ansell, 49, from Wolverhampton, was infatuated with PC Joseph Paros and was desperate to talk to him. When police raided her home, they even found a cushion and a coaster with his name embroidered on them.

But on Friday Ansell escaped a prison sentence after she admitted harassing the policeman. Cannock magistrates heard Ansell had previously been banned from contacting PC Paros by a restraining order. But this summer she sent scores of emails to Staffordshire Police, praising him and begging him to get in touch. The notes were classed as indirect contact and put Ansell, who has mental health problems, in breach of the ban.

Single Ansell, who receives incapacity benefit, was given a fourmonth prison term, suspended for two years, a two-year community supervision order and told to pay pounds 85 costs.

Handing down the sentence, chairman of the bench Howard Stemp, said: "Your actions caused severe psychological harm to the victim. This offence takes you over the threshold of a custodial sentence, one reason being your history of this type of offence.

"We have taken into consideration the representations made by your solicitor and the probation service. Therefore we will impose a suspended sentence."

Giles Rowdon, prosecuting, said: "The starting point is a restraining order from January 2008. It prohibited the defendant from contact with Joseph Paros, or his wife, directly or indirectly.

"The claimant has had a number of problems with this defendant. Then Mr Paros received a number of emails through the police force's website from the defendant. They were not abusive but said Mr Paros was an ''outstanding police officer'' and asked him to get in touch.

There were 13 emails and they were forwarded to the officer. She is clearly infatuated with PC Paros."

In 2005 Ansell served a two-year prison term for harassing the same copper - but sent the latest emails between May and August this year.

Lucy Taylor-Grime, defending, said: "The last time my client was before the courts over this was 2008. There has been a significant lapse in time since then. She is anxious to let the court know she has not been in and out of court.

"The probation report highlights the significant difficulties she has had. She has feelings of abandonment and isolation, as well as a dif-ficult family relationship. Her relationship with her mother broke down."

Ms Taylor-Grime added that Ansell had complex mental health issues.

"We've not been able to get to the bottom of her diagnosis," she said. "She is a generous person who does charity work. She has a lot of energy and enthusiasm which can get out of control and bubble over.

"I would describe her as a lost soul. She had no intention to cause discomfort or distress."

Miss Taylor-Grime said her client had been bullied by fellow inmates during her last prison sentence.

Ansell was ordered to pay pounds 10 towards her court costs every two weeks. Mr Stemp told her that she would go to prison if she harassed the officer again. When approached by the Sunday Mercury, Jacolyn Ansell refused to comment.

jonny.greatrex@sundaymercury.net

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