Wayne Bamford, 47, was told he faces a ‘significant custodial sentence’ because of the risks he faces to women
By Robin Perrie
JEALOUS Wayne Bamford is facing jail after he placed covert listening devices in his ex-partner’s bedroom during a stalking campaign.
Bamford, 47, refused to accept their relationship was over after Joanna Dawson ended it and launched a “highly sophisticated” covert operation to keep tabs on her.
He was able to phone in to the devices which then provided a live feed so he could hear what was going on in her bedroom.
Over a period of 15 days he connected to the devices 1,600 times, a court heard.
But the surveillance op was foiled when mum-of-one Joanne sought advice from a spy shop after suspecting he might have bugged her home.
He was told he faces a “significant custodial sentence” because of the risks he faces to women.
His case was heard on the same day that Corrie Star Kym Marsh backed our Stop a Stalker campaign.
Kym, who has twice been targeted, urged readers to sign our petition backing an MP’s bid to increase police power to combat stalkers.
Bamford and Joanne began a relationship in May 2016 and started an accident management business together six months later.
But their relationship quickly turned sour and ended in January 2017.
Prosecutor Anthony Moore told Bradford crown court that Joanne’s suspicions were raised when Bamford appeared to comment on her movements.
She became even more concerned when she contacted a locksmith to boost security and Bamford texted her saying: “There is no need to change your locks”.
She visited a spy shop for advice and was told her what to look for. She returned home and found a listening device in her bedroom.
Joanne told the court: “He played me a recording in my own house and told me he had paid someone to place a device on the outside of my house which I did not believe.
“I went to a spy shop in Leeds and asked them, ‘if I wanted to bug someone’s house what do you do?’ “He told me what to look for.” She later found a second device hidden behind a TV in her bedroom and Bamford, of Gildersome, near Leeds, was arrested.
Bamford admitted stalking causing serious alarm or distress but a trial of issue was held yesterday after the prosecution and defence could not agree on the basis of his guilty plea.
He claimed to have fitted only one of the listening devices and said she had fitted the other to keep tabs on another ex.
But the judge, Recorder Anthony Hawks, said: “I find the complainant entirely plausible.
“I find the defendant evasive and dishonest. I totally reject his account that the complainant was responsible.
“I’m very concerned about the risk you may present to people. You were prepared to engage in a highly sophisticated way to stalk that woman.