A TUTOR and author could be facing prison after admitting stalking a woman, just months after being sentenced for offences against the same victim.

Graham Steed, 69, appeared at Winchester Crown Court yesterday charged with stalking the Bishop’s Waltham resident and admitted that he “tasked a friend to attend her address and obtain photographs and reports” in June.

Judge Keith Cutler, Recorder of Winchester, adjourned the case to allow for a psychiatric report prior to sentencing next month.

Judge Cutler also allowed a change to Steed’s bail conditions so he could return to his home in Holybourne Road, Romsey, after Chloe Jay, defending, said he was “living in a two-man tent on a campsite.”

The court also heard that the offence meant Steed, who appeared in court yesterday wearing a beige jacket and dark stripey scarf, had breached the suspended sentence handed to him in February.

As previously reported, he avoided prison earlier this year despite a campaign of stalking which saw him “commando crawling” towards his victim’s car.

At a hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates Court in January, Steed admitted stalking his victim for nearly two years, during which time he hired a private investigator to follow and take photos of her and a partner, and tried to install covert cameras in a neighbour’s garden.

Steed also visited her on numerous occasions at the charity shop in Bishop’s Waltham where she worked, despite agreeing to stay away, and sent letters of complaint to her employer, as well as that of her partner.

The court heard how Steed had been a tutor for his victim’s autistic daughter, and after his services were no longer needed, he had remained a friend of the family before the relationship broke down.

He also sent photos taken by the private investigator of her with her partner to her husband.

The court heard a victim impact statement, which said: “It was extremely distressing, he became obsessed with me.

“Whenever I’m out and about, I’m always looking over my shoulder. I’m in fear of my life.”

The victim added that following the incidents, she regularly has to check the locks on her windows and doors, has her security light turned on constantly and often goes without eating.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Jane Miller QC heard there were a number of positive character references submitted for Steed, and that his biggest concern was what would happen to his wife, who he cared for, if he was jailed.

He was sentenced to a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, as well as a rehabilitation requirement and 150 hours of unpaid work.

Steed will appear before Winchester Crown Court again on September 14 to be sentenced.