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BBC Radio DJ Alex Belfield, 42, branded the ‘Jimmy Savile of trolling’ is jailed for five years after stalking Jeremy Vine and other stars by unleashing ‘tsunami of hate’ throughout nine-year abuse marketing campaign
Former BBC native radio DJ Alex Belfield who was branded the ‘Jimmy Savile of trolling’ has been jailed for five years after being convicted of 4 stalking expenses towards broadcasters together with Jeremy Vine.
Alex Belfield, 42, was discovered responsible after trial final month of waging a relentless stalking marketing campaign towards broadcasters, with TV’s Jeremy Vine subjected to an ‘avalanche of hatred’.
Vine labelled him ‘the Jimmy Savile of trolling’ throughout a trial which heard he repeatedly posted or despatched abusive messages, movies and emails.
Jurors accepted Belfield triggered severe alarm or misery to 2 victims and was discovered responsible of ‘easy’ stalking in relation to Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 presenter Mr Vine and theatre blogger Philip Dehany.
BBC Radio Northampton presenter Bernie Keith was left feeling suicidal by a ‘tsunami of hate’, the trial heard.
Jeremy Vine additionally gave proof towards Belfield, telling jurors: ‘This will not be a daily troll right here. This is the Jimmy Savile of trolling.’
Describing watching Belfield’s video output as like swimming in sewage, Mr Vine mentioned of the defendant’s conduct: ‘It felt like I had a fish hook in my face and my flesh was being torn, and the one strategy to keep away from additional ache was to remain fully nonetheless.’
Jurors convicted Belfield of 4 expenses dedicated between 2012 and 2021.
Mr Justice Saini, sentencing, instructed Belfield, who was sat taking notes within the courtroom dock: ‘Your offences are so severe, solely a custodial sentence may be justified.’
He added a pre-sentence report confirmed whereas Belfield ‘totally acknowledges the misery to victims’ it additionally ‘highlights you continue to seem to concentrate on the impression on you and really feel in sure respects you’ve got been unfairly handled’.
The decide instructed Belfield that whereas not ‘conventional stalking’, ‘your strategies have been simply as efficient a means of intimidating victims and in some ways a lot tougher to cope with.’
He added there was ‘no escape’ for Belfield’s victims, till bail situations have been imposed forward of his trial and agreed with Mr Vine’s characterisation the ex-DJ had ‘weaponised the web’ towards these he focused.