Stalker faces new breach trial

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

A former TV producer who was previously jailed for stalking a young mother faces a new trial for an alleged breach of a life-long restraining order.

Elliot Fogel, 35, claims the new case was brought against him after he had attempted to take civil action against the woman he stalked.

Last year Claire Waxman described how Mr Fogel's harassment had ruined her life and the strain it had put on her health and her family's well-being.

Mr Fogel, of Edgware, north west London, is barred from being within one mile of Mrs Waxman at any time and must not contact her directly or indirectly.

He is alleged to have broken the terms of his order by visiting Willesden County Court as part of a civil action he was taking against her - for comments he claimed she had made about him after he was jailed. That case has now been discontinued.

He was trying to sue woman he had stalked

Mr Fogel faces one charge of breaching a restraining order and will next appear in court at Hendon Magistrates' Court on March 3.

The pair had first met when they were both studying at St Albans' College in 1991. After completing their studies there was no contact between them until Mr Fogel sent Mrs Waxman flowers in 2003.

He later visited her workplace, invited her to dinner, was seen jogging outside her home, sent her a mobile phone in the post and regularly called her office during the night to listen to her voice on the answering machine.

Mr Fogel's actions prompted a number of court hearings over five years and in January last year he was jailed for four months after he admitted a breach of his restraining order.

At that time the courts found he had stored material on his computer including around 40,000 Google searches of Mrs Waxman's name, a satellite image of her home, and her wedding picture.

Mr Fogel is now considering launching civil action against supporters of a campaign calling for more stringent laws on harassment, claiming their efforts have victimised him.

Mrs Waxman said she was concentrating on a campaign for greater human rights for harassment victims.

Last updated: 1:50pm, February 17 2011