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article imageRio Ferdinand's stalker found guilty then goes missing from court

By Kev Hedges     Apr 18, 2011 in Crime
Alderley Edge - A woman who stalked Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand has been found guilty by Macclesfield Magistrates' Court. The woman, 38-year-old Susanne Ibru, represented herself in court.
She was found guilty in her absence after court officials told her that she would not be able to cross-examine Mr Ferdinand's wife, 30-year-old Rebecca, because she was in labour giving birth to the couple's third child. After being informed this information by court officials she then left and has not been seen since. The court found her guilty and convicted her of harassment, in her absence.
It was in February last year that Ibru paid a late night visit to Ferdinand's home in Alderley Edge. The Cheshire village is home to several high profile footballers and properties worth in excess of £2 million ($3.2m). It was around 2.30am when she rang the buzzer on the gate of his property, waking Mr Ferdinand and his wife. The former England captain told District Judge Nicholas Sanders how he saw a figure at his gate and identified that person as Ms Ibru. He told the court, "At first I was angry and upset but then disturbed, really, because I have got a young family and this was not the time or the place to be coming to speak to me."
The player rang security staff employed by Manchester United, who in turn rang police. She was stopped and cautioned by police after she had walked down to the end of the road.
Then four months later in June, she was back again. Ferdinand had spotted her on the opposite side of the road at 8pm as he arrived home from training. He rang police and decided to talk to her himself so that she would not disappear before police arrived, reports Daily Mail.
Then Ferdinand told the court: "My main concern was to keep her there until the police arrived, I asked why she had come to my house and she told me 'things needed to be resolved', and that they couldn't be resolved until we spoke. I told her I would speak to her then but she said it would take a couple of hours."
After Ibru's second unwelcome visit to the 32-year-old's home, she received a warning from police to leave the couple alone. But two days later in the early hours of the morning of June 18, she returned, again ringing the couple's buzzer. Police arrived and arrested her.
While in court she had cross examined Ferdinand, and at the end of her examination she said to Ferdinand: "I'll see you soon, bye.".
The BBC reports, Judge Sanders has issued a warrant for Ibru, asking for her to be brought back before him for sentencing.
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