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Call reveals Bullock stalker terror

Published 11/04/2015 | 02:16

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock

More details of Sandra Bullock's intruder ordeal have been revealed in a transcript of the actress' emergency call and the love letter written by the man who will stand trial for stalking and weapons offences.

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Joshua Corbett's lawyers deny he wanted to hurt Bullock and say they are hoping to resolve the case and get their client, who they say thought he was the actress' husband, mental health treatment.

But evidence showed Corbett, 39, stalked the Oscar-winning star, broke into her home and had an arsenal of illegal assault weapons, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Terry Bork ruled on Thursday.

He said the emergency call by a panicked Bullock, 50, who was cowering in a cupboard, showed Corbett was a danger.

As well as being charged with stalking and burglary offences, Corbett is also accused of having assault weapons, tracer ammunition and machine guns that were found when authorities searched his home. He was not armed when he was arrested at Bullock's home, police have said.

Corbett, who is being held on more than two million dollars' bail (£1.3m), has pleaded not guilty to all offences and will appear in court again on April 23 on all 26 felony counts.

Gravity star Bullock's ordeal began when she awoke early on June 8 to find an intruder in her home. She did not know it at the time, but the man had lurked outside her gates for several days, writing in a spiral notebook about his obsession with the actress.

He had jumped over her fence and rang her doorbell for 10 to 15 minutes before entering her home through a sunroom door.

Bullock got a glimpse of him as he walked past her bedroom and towards her attic, giving her an opportunity to seal herself behind a security door, hide in a cupboard, and call police.

Corbett wrote the letter, signed 'Love, your husband", to the actress the day before he entered her home.

The letter makes clear Corbett has been watching Bullock, commenting on her comings and goings. "You could have had me today however you chose other people over me," the letter opens. "I'll be around as you know."

After his arrest, police reviewed Bullock's surveillance footage and saw Corbett outside the actress' gate on each of the three days before he jumped over the fence.

The letter was signed, "Always and forever, Love, your husband."

Police also found a spiral bound notebook with 25 pages of writings commenting on Bullock, her life and Corbett's perceived relationship with her.

Once Bullock locked the door to her bedroom and got into the cupboard, she dialled emergency services and over the next 15 minutes, guided police through the gates of her home and led them to her location, opening the door only after confirming with a dispatcher that officers had secured the house.

Bullock's fear is evident on the call - she was breathing heavily and sounded near tears at points. Although she saw only one man, She heard what she thought were two voices. About three and a half minutes after calling police, she heard a new noise.

"I hear them," Bullock said. "I hear someone banging on my door."

Police were already on their way, and a dispatcher assured the actress they were coming with lights flashing and sirens blaring. "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you," the actress responded.

"You're doing good," the dispatcher told Bullock about six minutes into the call.

"Thank you," Bullock said, letting out a nervous laugh.

The actress thanked the dispatcher 10 times during the call.

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