Woman Told Police She Was Terrified Of Ex, Days Before Her Death, Trial Told

12 April 2017, 14:36

Newcastle Crown Court

A woman told police she felt terrified by her ''stalker'' ex-boyfriend and unsafe in her own home 10 days before her throat was cut from ear to ear, a murder trial has been told.

Alice Ruggles, 24, made an official statement in which she said she wanted Lance Corporal Trimaan ''Harry'' Dhillon to leave her alone, calling him ''completely obsessed''.

He denies murdering the Sky office co-ordinator whose body was found in October by her flatmate in the home they shared in Gateshead.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Dhillon, an India-born signaller in the 2 Scots, started an intense relationship over the internet with Ms Ruggles while he was serving in Afghanistan.

She split with him after she found out he had been messaging other women on the dating site Tinder, jurors were told.

She said she was frightened when he travelled to Tyneside from his barracks near Edinburgh and repeatedly knocked on her door late at night, then tapped on her bedroom window and left flowers and chocolates on the sill.

The court has heard a phone message he then left her, repeatedly saying he did not want to kill her.

Ms Ruggles, who grew up in Leicestershire and stayed in Newcastle after studying at Northumbria University, made a police statement on October 2 in which she said he sounded ''crazy'' on voicemails.

She said: ''I feel harassed, alarmed and distressed by this male.

''I want him to leave me alone. I want nothing more to do with him.

''I am terrified of his actions. I am being stalked and I want it to stop.''

She said it was affecting her concentration and work, adding: ''I don't feel safe in my own home.''

The court has heard Dhillon was given an official police warning to stay away from his ex as a result.

A friend of the defendant and Ms Ruggles told the jury that when they were going out with each other, Dhillon made his girlfriend feel self-conscious.

Gen Crozier told the court: ''He said some stuff about the size of her nose, hair on her forearms.

''He just made her feel really self-conscious - just not the person she really was.''

Ms Ruggles told people Dhillon had hacked into her Facebook account while they were together and Ms Crozier said that led her friend to immediately delete messages she received or sent.

Ms Crozier said Ms Ruggles told her that on her first date with Dhillon, he had claimed a Nandos waitress was ''trying to hit on him''.

She later told Ms Crozier she thought he had been trying to put his date on edge.