Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

- Advertisement -

Woman wins restraining order against complete stranger who launched three-month stalking campaign

A businesswoman has won a restraining order against a complete stranger who stalked and bombarded her with silent phone calls for three months.

Lorraine Massey, 53, took aim at mother-of-one Lisa Alvarado and inexplicably began calling her and following her around her neighborhood.

Massey, who is married with children, got Ms. Alvarado’s phone number and even found out where her young son went to elementary school.

She would sit outside the school gates in her car and watch Mrs. Alvarado as she did the school career.

At the time of her arrest, she was unable to explain her fixation on Mrs. Alvarado. Inquiries revealed that she had no history of wrongdoing.

Massey was also ordered to perform 12 months of community service. She will have to rehabilitate for up to 15 days and work 60 hours unpaid.

She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.

Lisa Alvarado (pictured) has won a restraining order against a complete stranger who stalked her and bombarded her with silent phone calls for three months

Lorraine Massey, 53, (pictured outside Wigan Magistrates Court with her husband) targeted Ms Alvarado and inexplicably began calling her and following her around her neighborhood

Lorraine Massey, 53, (pictured outside Wigan Magistrates Court with her husband) targeted Ms Alvarado and inexplicably began calling her and following her around her neighborhood

Lorraine Massey, 53, (pictured outside Wigan Magistrates Court with her husband) targeted Ms Alvarado and inexplicably began calling her and following her around her neighborhood

Massey, from Irlam, was banned from contacting Ms Alvarado for a year after admitting to stalking her between April and July 2022.

She began making cold calls to Ms. Alvarado on April 20, the court heard.

“Initially, the prosecution thought the defendant was her boyfriend who tried to call her on a different number,” said Miss Jane Rapin, prosecuting.

‘But the defendant then began to tell the complainant to speak to her personally about a personal matter, despite the fact that the parties had not known each other before.’

Mrs. Alvarado declined Massey’s offer and began ignoring her subsequent messages.

Despite this, Massey continued to contact her, making over 100 calls over the next three months.

“Most of the calls were silent and there were some where the defendant called and immediately hung up,” Miss Rapin said.

“The defendant also started sending the complaint via WhatsApp and various other social media platforms.”

Police were alerted after Ms. Alvarado spotted a “familiar car” in front of her son’s school several times.

“She quickly realized that this was the defendant,” the prosecutor said. She would sit in her parked car and watch her from a distance.

‘After these incidents, the complainant said she would expect more silent calls and text messages.’

Massey, who is married with children, got Ms. Alvarado's phone number and even found out where her young son went to elementary school.  She would sit in her car outside the school gates and watch Ms. Alvarado (pictured) as she did the school run

Massey, who is married with children, got Ms. Alvarado's phone number and even found out where her young son went to elementary school.  She would sit in her car outside the school gates and watch Ms. Alvarado (pictured) as she did the school run

Massey, who is married with children, got Ms. Alvarado’s phone number and even found out where her young son went to elementary school. She would sit in her car outside the school gates and watch Ms. Alvarado (pictured) as she did the school run

To mitigate, attorney Jonathan Conder said, “Let me make it clear that the two parties did not know each other before this incident.

“There was no particular event or meeting between them that seems to trigger the defendant’s subsequent behavior.

At that time, the Defendant was dealing with a number of stressful events in her life and her mental health suffered as a result.

“She also had to deal with the death of a family member last year, which had a big impact on her.

Her regret comes across clearly and she feels sorry for the impact on the lady in question. As you also know, she pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

“These are really unusual circumstances and she realizes that things like this cannot be repeated.”

Massey (pictured with her husband outside court) told the hearing at Wigan Magistrates Court: 'If I have caused her any harm I am sorry as it was not my intention'

Massey (pictured with her husband outside court) told the hearing at Wigan Magistrates Court: 'If I have caused her any harm I am sorry as it was not my intention'

Massey (pictured with her husband outside court) told the hearing at Wigan Magistrates Court: ‘If I have caused her any harm I am sorry as it was not my intention’

In a statement, Ms Alvarado, who runs a cupcake factory and market stall in Partington near Manchester, said: ‘My mental health has been really affected by this experience.

“Since April I have been feeling terrible and I am always looking for her car wherever I go.

“When I get home, I watch the door waiting for her to come in. Even when I’m at work, I’m afraid she’s going to use fake names to get me again. Because of this I always look over my shoulder. This has affected every part of my life.”

Massey told the hearing at Wigan Magistrates Court: ‘If I have caused her any harm I am sorry as I did not mean to.’

JP Sara Moreton told her, “Not only is this kind of behavior unacceptable, but we find it rather odd, especially since we don’t know if there was anything else that caused this behavior.

“We certainly think there is something more to it that makes you behave this way and so we believe you would benefit from working closely with probation services to build your thinking skills so that things like this don’t happen again.

‘You are a lady of rather good character, and what I say to you is this. Don’t let this one incident rule your life, just move on because we don’t want to see you here again. ‘

Massey has no previous convictions or warnings.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.