Daryl Till, 56, sent pictures of his genitals to his yoga teacher and harassed her for four years. He has now been given a five-year restraining order after he pleaded guilty to harassment
An obsessed grandfather who sent photos of his genitals to his yoga teacher has been given a restraining order after a four-year campaign of harassment.
Daryl Till, 56, sent hundreds of emails to the victim – including photos of his private parts – hoping she would agree to start a relationship with him.
The married 56-year-old, from Longton, Staffordshire, thought his yoga teacher was declaring her love for him by playing certain songs in classes.
Till persisted in going to the gym where the victim worked even after police warned him to stay away from her, Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard.
Now he has been handed a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting the victim, after he pleaded guilty to harassment.
Prosecutor Sara Beddow said police were first made aware of Till’s behaviour in October 2017, when the victim contacted them for the first time.
She said: ‘The complainant went to the police after receiving a number of emails from Mr Till.
The married 56-year-old, from Longton, Staffordshire, thought his yoga teacher was declaring her love for him by playing certain songs in classes
‘The parties had never been in a relationship. This had been going on for a period of four years.
‘He had sent her hundreds of emails over that period. She hadn’t responded but had stored them.
‘At this point she didn’t want to pursue a complaint but told the police she just wanted Mr Till to stay away from her place of work and not make contact with her.
‘Mr Till was warned by officers.
‘The complainant was not able to stop him attending the gym where she worked, but she was able to manage the situation until matters escalated in
September 2018, when she was contacted by Mr Till’s wife.
‘She tried to resolve the situation herself and believed Mr Till had ”got the message”.
‘There were no issues until January 29 when he walked back into her gym class. She could take no more and contacted the police for assistance.’
Till was arrested and interviewed.
He told police he had asked the victim to go for a drink in 2015 and she had agreed but did not turn up.
He had requested her as a ‘friend’ on Facebook but she had blocked him.
Miss Beddow said: ‘In his interview he accepted the complainant had never given him any encouragement.
‘He said he told his wife he was in love with the complainant.
‘He accepted he was obsessed with her. He said he thought she was passing messages through certain songs she was playing in the classes.
‘The messages were said to be declarations of love for her.’
Janice Sain-Reiners, mitigating, told the court Till had never been in trouble with the police before.
She said: ‘It’s quite clear Mr Till became somewhat obsessed with his yoga teacher in 2015. He started to think he could ask her out – that’s how it started.
‘He became infatuated with her and began to send her messages asking her to go for a meal.
‘There were some sexual photographs which he thought would be captivating for her, misguided as he was.
‘He is totally embarrassed by the situation.’
Deputy District Judge David Goodman fined Till £760 alongside the restraining order.
The judge said: ‘What a pity you have spoiled your good record.
‘This was a prolonged period and, despite police advice, you carried on. It was a stupid obsession.’
Till must also pay £135 court costs and a £76 victim surcharge.