Obsessed stalker jailed for two years: Nathan Blair Biography, Wiki
Nathan Blair caused former friend Amy Potter to lose work by falsely claiming she moonlit as a prostitute, sent her mother nude photos he said were of her daughter and made false allegations to social services about her child.
Newcastle Crown Court was told the model has been left living in fear of what he is capable of as he continued offending even after being put on bail by the police and then a judge.
When she confronted him, he threatened her by saying, ‘Are you ready for what’s going to happen to you? You will be gone at Christmas.
The terrifying stalking campaign also involved the 27-year-old who strangely ordered 20 meals to bring to Miss Potter’s house in one night.
Gavin Doig, prosecutor, said: “This case concerns the defendant’s obsession with the plaintiff, who has never had a relationship with him but who she knew prior to this.
“ She is a model and she met him first on Facebook and then in person and became convinced that he was obsessed with her after he started interfering in her relationship with her boyfriend by making up lies about him. ”
Miss Potter told Blair, of Camsey Close, Longbenton, North Tyneside, that she did not want to have any more sex with him, but he refused to accept that and bombarded her with thousands of calls from private numbers.
In August last year, he contacted the victim’s mother, sending her a message pretending to be from a modeling agency, requesting her daughter’s contact details.
The woman realized it was him and refused to provide the information.
Mr Doig said: ‘In response, he sent her nude pictures, suggesting that they were of his daughter with a message that included the words’ you must be proud’.
“She was alarmed and distressed.”
The court heard that Blair began messaging Miss Potter on Instagram since September last year, pretending to be from a modeling agency.
When he realized what was happening, he said, ‘Are you ready for what’s going to happen to you? You will be gone at Christmas.
She changed her phone number but he found out about her new details and made a thousand phone calls, which were silent or with music.
On September 14, 20 take-out meals were delivered to Miss Potter’s home, and Blair used her email and phone number.
Someone also put her on the Craigslist website, advertising her as a prostitute. Blair denied doing this, but several men contacted her as a result of the announcement.
Miss Potter also received abusive and threatening messages from fake accounts, with posts on her modeling Instagram account being publicly visible.
The victim, from Newcastle, reported him to the police and was interviewed as a volunteer assistant and his phone was seized.
An examination of the phone found that he had called her 2,741 times in the 14 days prior to his interview with the police, an average of 195 times a day.
Police released him on bail, but the harassment continued from a new phone number.
Doig said: ‘She was bombarded with obscene and abusive posts on Instagram.
“She sent a message saying she had sent her little daughter a gift.”
Blair was arrested again for stalking on December 21, denied it, and has yet to be charged.
In February, before he returned to the police station to find out if he was going to be charged, he sent messages for her to drop the case.
He threatened to ‘ruin your life’ and warned ‘I will show up’ if she did not agree to his demands.
That same month, she also sent a message saying she was from Parents for Justice, claiming that a social worker had been told she was a drug addicted sex worker who used drugs with her son.
Mr Doig said: ‘The crime pattern continued in a similar way.
“There are multiple abusive messages on Instagram, multiple threatening messages, messages suggesting that he was looking at her or her family.”
On April 18, the magistrates put him in pretrial detention and she got respite, but then a crown court judge granted her bail on April 27, and harassed her again that same day.
One message referred to ‘let’s start killing’ and he reported her to social services, saying that he was neglecting his son and that the boy should be taken away.
In May, he sent messages to an agency that hired Miss Potter, saying she was a prostitute. Doig said she has never been a prostitute and that “she is a model who has sold photographs of herself.”
Mr Doig said she provided a victim impact statement about the effect the ordeal has had on her.
He told the court: ‘She’s worried about her safety as a result of his actions and is scared and frightened to walk in the area.
‘The case has had a significant negative impact on her.
‘He told her employers she was a prostitute, which she was not. It’s damaged her reputation and caused financial loss.
‘She had to cancel jobs and her personal relationships have been affected greatly.
‘She feels harassed, scared and doesn’t know what he will do next. She’s afraid to walk down the street again.
‘She says he is obsessed and feels he will never ever leave her alone.’
Miss Potter added: ‘I just want to it to stop, I can’t take any more of this behaviour. I need this to stop so I can live the life I want to live.’
Blair pleaded guilty to two counts of stalking and one of sending a malicious communication to the victim’s mother.
He was jailed for two years and four months and was given an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting Miss Potter or her mother, along with other conditions.
The court heard he had been cautioned in June last year for harassing her.
Judge Amanda Rippon told him: ‘Your conduct was designed to maximise distress.
‘You became completely obsessed with her for whatever reason and ruined her life for a considerable period of time.’
Ben Campbell, defending, said: ‘It’s a sad case in which Mr Blair has allowed his feelings and relationship with the complainant to significantly cloud his behaviour.
‘It’s conduct he very much regrets. He has thrown away what appeared to be good prospects in life – he was due to enter the final year of university.’
Mr Campbell said Blair had written: ‘I can only hope she can make a good life for herself and we can both move on from this.’