Surbiton woman jailed for stalking BBC DJ Giles Peterson

A woman from Surbiton who repeatedly screamed abuse at a BBC DJ and his family has been jailed.

Sarah Jayne Rook, of south-west London, will serve 26 weeks in jail and has been given an indefinite restraining order after previously being found guilty of “persistently” stalking 6Music presenter Gilles Peterson in February and March.

The DJ, 55, whose real surname is Moehrle, previously told a trial at Stratford Magistrates’ Court that Rook repeatedly turned up outside his north London home and hurled abuse which included “all kinds of stuff from paedophile to Hiroshima and rapist – all very extreme words that were shouted at my house”.

During a barrage lasting up to 30 minutes on February 15, Rook (44) repeatedly shouted expletives including “c***” outside the family home, as well as calling Mr Moehrle’s wife Atsuko a “Hiroshima bitch”.

On another occasion, Mr Moehrle said Rook had been seen shouting obscenities outside his studio.

In a statement read at the sentencing hearing at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, the DJ said: “This incident has caused me to fear for my safety and the safety of my family.”

Mr Moehrle also spoke of being concerned about his family when he begins to work away from home again, and added: “When lockdown ends I know I will continue to feel uncomfortable.”

On one occasion, Rook posed as a charity worker in an attempt to gain Mrs Moehrle’s name and email address, and another time a torn up copy of the DJ’s BBC picture was found attached to his car windscreen.

The court was told he received abuse on Twitter while presenting his usual show and as a result of the incidents his personal security was increased.

Rook, of Surbiton, south-west London, was also sentenced for racially aggravated harassment against Pc Karlene Richards by calling her a “f****** n****” after her arrest in March.

In a read statement, the officer said she previously thought she had a thick skin, but the incident had caused “invisible wounds”.

She added: “Being called a f****** n**** has affected me more than I thought.”

Rook interrupted the sentencing hearing on a number of occasions claiming that she could not hear others in the court room, and at one point referred to prosecutor Varinder Hayre’s statement as a “blatant outright lie”.

Passing sentence, District Judge Louisa Cieciora said it had been an “extremely serious offence intended to cause maximum distress” and that “very serious distress was caused to the victims”.

She added the family “had nowhere to go without fear of you being there”.

Rook was sentenced to 22 weeks for stalking, which she will serve concurrently to a 26-week sentence for racially-aggravated harassment against Mrs Moehrle.

Ms Cieciora also handed down an indefinite restraining order, forcing Rook to stay away from the family’s home and work addresses, including the BBC’s Broadcasting House.

She was fined £400 for the racist abuse of Pc Richards and ordered to pay the officer £200 compensation.

Rook will also pay £300 court costs.

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