Alleged stalker targeted Jodie Marsh's Brentwood home and left her fearing for her life (From Basildon Recorder)
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Alleged stalker targeted Jodie Marsh's Brentwood home and left her fearing for her life
GLAMOUR model Jodie Marsh feared for her life after a deluded stalker bombarded her with bizarre letters and naked pictures, a court heard.
Joseph Mafwenke, 38, left the celebrity fearing for her safety with a "vast" number of letters sent to her home address in Brentwood.
Mafwenke's bizarre campaign included sending Miss Marsh, 35, doctored pictures of the couple having sex and of them strolling hand in hand.
The alleged "stalking" was so relentless that Miss Marsh was left fearing she could even be kidnapped, raped or even murdered, Basildon Crown Court heard on Wednesday.
She eventually moved from her house in Weald Road, Brentwood, to avoid the letters.
Mafwenke was eventually arrested when he was seen by Miss Marsh stood outside her old house.
Mafwenke, of Crawley, West Sussex, has denied one charge of stalking Miss Marsh between November 2012 and September 2013.
He sat in the dock alongside his Swahili interpreter as the court heard he started his persuit of Miss Marsh after he read an article in lads’ mag, Zoo.
Miss Marsh gave evidence against from behind screens because she was too nervous to face him.
She broke down in tears as the court was shown letters sent to her house.
At one point she was receiving five letters a week.
She said: "Straight away, I knew it was not normal fan mail, the letters would say things like 'you will be my wife', 'we will be together', 'you will have four children', 'we are meant to be together'.
"The way it was said, it was like it was a given that it would happen."
Miss Marsh said the letters, which included pictures of a naked Mafwenke on top of her, left her "really scared".
She had also been sent "weird drawings" in which her name and that of the defendant had been intertwined.
She added: "He would send photos of himself, at first he was fully clothed then the photos turned explicit and he sent pictures of himself naked.”
The photos also showed pictures of his genitals.
She added:"That was really upsetting. It was really disgusting - not something that I would want to see.”
Miss Marsh told the court, she had initially asked police not to take any action in case it tipped Mafwenke over the edge.
She added: "I thought it might be rape, murder, kidnap.
"In my line of work, you don't think anything is too far-fetched."
One letter said: "I love you and the way you are alone.
"I plan to have four babies with you in married life. Thank you for I make it happen.
Another said: "Our time is now to have our childrens".
Miss Marsh never responded to the letters.
Miss Faure Walker told the jury that Mafwenke's "fascination" with Miss Marsh began after he saw an article in a lads mag.
The trial continues.
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