Coronation Street star will read statement at stalker's sentencing

Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp’s ‘grim reaper’ stalker will be sentenced in December and actress will read victim impact statement in full detailing her ordeal

  • Ravinderjit Dhillon, 30, will return for sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court

Former Coronation Street actress Nicola Thorp will relive her horrifying ordeal at the hands of a stalker in court before he is finally sentenced in December. 

Ravinderjit Dhillon, 30, called himself the ‘grim reaper’ as he used 25 different identities to target Ms Thorp and made sickening threats to choke and rape her.

In a hearing this morning, it was confirmed that Dhillon, of Feltham, Middlesex, will return for sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on December 5 after Judge Rosa Dean ordered a psychiatric report.

It was also confirmed that Ms Thorp will read her victim impact statement to the court in full before Judge Dean passes sentence.

Dhillon began his warped campaign when he sent the 34-year-old an intimate photo of himself in October 2018.

Nicola Thorp and fiance Nikesh Patel at Uxbridge Magistrates Court in June

Blackpool-born Nicola handed an 89 page document to the Met Police detailing the harassment she suffered at Dhillon’s hands.

She said: ‘I’ve spent most of my adult life fighting for the rights of women and doing so in the public eye has come with some personal cost.

‘I became the target of the exact behaviour I was standing up against.

‘Dhillon became an army of men all wanting to do me harm, threats to rape me, choke me.’

Ms Thorp earlier told the court Dhillon sent her a message on Instagram that said ‘a woman’s place was on her knees.

‘He told me I was to be put in a headlock and forced into sexual acts and wanted to make my parents watch.

‘He sent me messages saying, ‘I’m going to be with you forever’, he said, ‘I’m your grim reaper’ and in one message alone he said 28 times he ‘wasn’t going to leave me.

‘He said alleyways are the perfect place to pick up drunk stupid women and stupid 16-year-old b**ches.’

Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp’s stalker called himself the ‘grim reaper’ 

Earlier this year she attended court holding hands with actor fiance Nikesh Patel

Ms Thorp said he also masqueraded as a woman called ‘Helena’ asking for her advice as she was being harassed by an employer, so he could interact with her.

Dhillon also contacted her on social media claiming one of his friends followed her onto a train ‘and had got so close to her he could smell her.’

Ms Thorp told the court: ‘As a freelancer I work in different locations, I would have to inform each site [to keep an eye on] anyone who was asking for me and to keep a look out on my behalf.

‘The longevity of his online stalking wore me down. This was no ‘one off’ and that terrified me.’

Dhillon’s IP address was finally linked by police to the accounts he used to harass  Ms Thorp and he was arrested.

She said she did not learn of Dhillon’s true identity until his first court appearance on 14 February last year.

In a prepared statement he claimed he didn’t know Nicola Thorp or anything about her, but he was convicted of stalking involving fear of violence after a trial in April.

The maximum penalty for stalking involving fear of violence of violence is 10 years.

The 34-year-old (pictured with fiance Nikesh Patel) told how she gave the Met Police a document containing details of the harassment she faced

Ms Thorp announced her engagement to fiance Patel in January this year

Nicola rose to fame after going public with her complaint against a major accountancy firm who fired the star for refusing to wear heels.

She later petitioned for a ban on dress codes that force women to wear high heels.

The actress starred on the long-running ITV soap Coronation Street from 2017 to 2019, playing social worker Nicola Rubinstein, who was the estranged daughter of serial killer Pat Phelan.

She became the first star to get caught in Channel Four’s Celebrity Hunted, in aid of Stand Up For Cancer, in April when she was found at a Birmingham hotel after going on the run with Nikesh.

Ms Thorp also shared her stalking ordeal on This Morning when she appeared as a guest panellist.

She said: ‘I’ve had an online stalker for three years and the police thankfully were able to identify him after a year of investigation.

‘But because of the fact that this man was not verified online, it took them such a long time to find him – and obviously during that time I felt very, very unsafe.

‘If platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter had a verification system, it would have been far easier for the police to identify who this man is.’

Earlier this year she attended court holding hands with actor boyfriend Nikesh Patel.

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