Ex-civil servant is convicted of stalking former colleague after camping out in Whitehall with ‘Waiting for my Wilko’ placard, claiming she was married to him and dedicating 104 love songs to him on Twitter
A former senior civil servant has been convicted of stalking a former colleague after camping out in Whitehall with a ‘waiting for my Wilko’ placard.
Economist Ray Israel-Wilkinson, 33, declared her love for Alex Wilkinson after working with him at the Department for Culture, 媒体, and Sport.
Mr Wilkinson told a court he felt violated after he was stalked by a former colleague who camped out in Whitehall hoping to meet him.
Jennifer Gatland, 起诉, said she sat outside the department’s Parliament Street office on May 27 last year with a homemade placard which said: ‘Waiting for my Wilko’.
Ms Gatland said: ‘This caused significant distress for Mr Wilkinson who had to change his routine, entrances and so forth.
Economist Ray Israel-Wilkinson (图为), 33, declared her love for Alex Wilkinson after working with him at the Department for Culture, 媒体, and Sport
Jennifer Gatland, 起诉, said Israel-Wilkinson (图为) sat outside the department’s Parliament Street office on May 27 last year with a homemade placard which said: ‘Waiting for my Wilko’
‘The defendant has also created social media pages claiming they are married and declaring her love for him.
‘It seems she has also changed her name from Rayner Sultan to Ray-Israel-Wilkinson to give the impression they are married.’
Israel-Wilkinson refers to herself as ‘Wilko’s Ray’ on her Twitter profile and calls him her king: ‘Alexander Wilkinson is my King ?? (Wilko’s Ray)’
Mr Wilkinson told Westminster Magistrates’ Court she began to contact him shortly after leaving the department and insisted on meeting with him face-to-face.
‘I wasn’t comfortable because we didn’t have any meaningful relationship,’ said Mr Wilkinson. ‘She is a former colleague.
‘I felt quite violated. She was writing about how she was in love with me and insinuating that we’d had some romantic connection when we hadn’t.’
When Mr Wilkinson looked her up on social media, he found a Twitter page with 5,000 followers where she claimed GCHQ was trying to stop them from being together.
The bio on the account reads: ‘Please help my @alexwilko85 contact me. He is forced by evil souls to ostracise me. He loves me as much as I love him. My Wilko is unhappy. 请。’
Israel-Wilkinson has a second Twitter account with a pinned tweet of 104 love songs dedicated to Mr Wilkinson.
When Mr Wilkinson (图为) looked her up on social media, he found a Twitter page with 5,000 followers where she claimed GCHQ was trying to stop them from being together
There are also LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram accounts dedicated to her obsession.
‘The LinkedIn account was a professional account but at some point she changed it to talk about me,’ said Mr Wilkinson.
‘She set up Twitter to talk about her conversion from Islam to Judaism. Facebook and Instagram I believe were set up solely to talk about me.’
At the time she began turning up at the Whitehall office she was also sending Mr Wilkinson emails saying that she was homeless and describing her experiences.
‘She talked about being assaulted in train stations, she talked about gangs that had been pursuing her doing weird stuff,’ said Mr Wilkinson.
‘There was a gang trying to turn people into cute dogs. I was increasingly worried. It was quite difficult because you could see she was clearly in a bad mental state.’
Mr Wilkinson paused at one point as he choked up, then sipped a glass of water and wiped his eyes with a tissue.
‘It’s difficult to see someone who is suffering and associating that with you and you can’t really do anything to help them.’
Israel-Wilkinson was arrested for harassing Mr Wilkinson but continued to sit outside the office despite bail conditions prohibiting her with banners and placards saying: ‘This is not a protest. Waiting for my Wilko.’
在八月 2021 she was sectioned and taken to hospital where she continued to email Mr Wilkinson.
She accused the hospital of physically restraining her and injecting her with drugs because she is ex-Muslim and claimed the Met Police and the British Government were responsible.
Israel-Wilkinson’s LinkedIn profile states: ‘Alex Wilkinson is my King ? (太太. Wilkinson)
‘Wife of Alex Wilkinson. 但你还没有看到一切. The spooks spy on me as a person of “intelligence value” so I’ve stopped being intelligent until they return my husband to me. 直到那时, I’m offline so I will NOT READ your messages.’
Israel-Wilkinson, of Milton Keynes, denied stalking Mr Wilkinson, 之间 16 六月 2021 和 20 十月 2021.
She did not attend her trial and was convicted in her absence by District Judge Timothy Godfrey who issued a warrant for her arrest.
他说: ‘I have been presented with an over-abundance of evidence that the defendant stalked Alexander Wilkinson in the period identified in the charge.
‘The defendant has chosen not to attend her trial today but it is apparent that she does not dispute the prosecution evidence nor could she realistically do so.
‘Her case is that her actions were not unreasonable, not unwelcome and that Mr Wilkinson had complained about her actions only by pressure from the HR department at DCMS.
‘I comprehensively reject that case.
‘It is plain to me that Mr Wilkinson’s reaction to the unwarranted attention has principally been concern for her welfare and mental health.
‘It is also apparent that the defendant’s stalking behaviour has ground Mr Wilkinson down and has had an impact on him emotionally.’