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Woman who stalked Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand is found guilty of harassing him

1st Sep 2013

United star Rio Ferdinand has told of his stalker nightmare as a woman was found guilty of harassing him. The Reds ace left training to give evidence in court in Macclesfield against Susanne Ibru. Ibru, 38, travelled hundreds of miles from her London home to the United star’s Cheshire mansion on three occasions – twice in the middle of the night.

United star Rio Ferdinand has told of his stalker nightmare as a woman was found guilty of harassing him. The Reds ace left training to give evidence in court in Macclesfield against Susanne Ibru.
Ibru, 38, travelled hundreds of miles from her London home to the United star’s mansion in Alderley Edge on three occasions – twice in the middle of the night.
Ibru claimed she needed to talk to the player and later told police she was going to move in with him, the court heard.
Ferdinand, who was still in his United training kit, told the court: “It was really alarming, really. I thought I needed to get security, I thought, put people on the door, rather than just have CCTV. I was angry and upset, and then disturbed. “The safety of my family is huge to me, as it is to everyone.”

Ibru conducted her own defence and cross-examined Ferdinand. She admitted visiting him on several occasions in the last four years and asked him: “Do you think that amounts to harassment?”
He replied: “Yes.” As Ferdinand left the court room, Ibru told him: ‘I’ll see you soon, bye’. Earlier prosecutor Ian Davies had asked Ferdinand: “During the conversation did Miss Ibru indicate whether she was a fan of football?” Ferdinand, whose wife gave birth to their third child at the weekend, replied: “(Ibru) said ‘I’m not just a fan, don’t associate me with being just a fan.’”
Ibru, who has since moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, denied harassment at Macclesfield magistrates’ court.

But District Judge Nicholas Saunders said it was clear she was guilty following a three-hour trial. Ibru failed to turn up after the lunch break and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
The judge told the court: “(Rio Ferdinand) is a high-profile figure. There can always be occasions when he’s exposed to the public and press scrutiny. The fact is that when he’s in the privacy of his own home with his family he has a right to expect he would be left alone.” Ibru will be sentenced at a later date.