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Man stalked ex-girlfriend for two years before she jumped to her death

Published 25/04/2014 | 17:09

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A man has been jailed for two years after admitting to stalking his ex-girlfriend in the run up to her death.

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Ryan Dey, 23, was arrested a month after Kamaljit Sidhu jumped from a bridge over the M6 motorway near to Great Barr in the West Midlands, England on October 25 last year.

West Midlands Police said Dey refused to accept that she wanted to end their 18-month relationship and made threats towards her and her friends.

Kamaljit, 29, from Oldbury, Birmingham, went on to make comments on social media that she was scared of Dey in the lead up to her death.

Today the lorry driver, also from Oldbury, was sentenced to two years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court after admitting a charge of stalking at an earlier hearing, West Midlands Police said.

Following the sentencing today, detective chief inspector Kim Madill, from West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, said: "This has been a difficult, challenging and deeply upsetting case to investigate for all concerned.

"The investigation team has worked tirelessly to try and find some justice for Kamaljit and her family, following her tragic and untimely death.

"One can only imagine the fear and torment that Dey must have put her through to take such a course of action. Even though this conviction cannot bring Kamaljit back, hopefully the fact that Dey has admitted his crimes and is now facing a spell in prison will come as some comfort to her grieving family.

"To bring such a case to court, without a victim to give evidence, is both unusual and challenging and so it is pleasing to see that a successful prosecution can bring some sense of justice to the Sidhu family and our thoughts continue to be with them at this difficult time."

In a statement released after the hearing today, Kamaljit's mother Sarbjit Sidhu, said: "The police asked is there anything we can do, Mrs Sidhu, and my only answer to them was can you please give me my daughter back, we really miss her, her death has left a big hole in our lives.

"Does Ryan Dey really realise the damage he has inflicted on my beloved Kam, me and my family? We will never forget our baby Kam, I was unable to see her for the last time when she was put to rest and that has been difficult to deal with.

"Ryan Dey is evil, he is a bully and a coward and had put my daughter through hell with his control and abuse and will never be forgiven for what he has caused.

"As a mother and a family we want the world to know this can never be allowed to happen again, I do not want anyone else to go through what we have. Our lives have stopped and we can't breathe."

Martin Lindop, sector crown prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, added: "Ryan Dey's stalking of Ms Sidhu, which included the use of social media, had a substantial effect on her day-to-day life. In those final days the defendant's actions caused her to be in fear of a man she had once trusted and loved which ultimately resulted in Ms Sidhu ending her own life.

"The CPS takes reports of stalking and harassment very seriously, whether they are alleged to have taken place online, on the phone, in person or any other way. If there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for an offence of this nature, and it is in the public interest, we will mount a robust prosecution.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Ms Sidhu."

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