Stalker given restraining order after leaving Matthew Wright’s family ‘terrified’
A stalker who left TV presenter Matthew Wright and his wife scared for the safety of their baby has been banned from contacting them in future.
Michelle Ranicar, 54, was said to have repeatedly visited Mr Wright’s home in Primrose Hill, London, bearing gifts and messages declaring her love for him.
The visits began after she was barred from being a guest in the audience of his chat show due to security concerns about her behaviour towards the presenter.
Ranicar first approached Amelia Wright at a charity event in September 2018, when she told the television presenter’s pregnant wife: “Women your age with IVF babies are more likely to have stillbirths.”
The defendant attended events Mr Wright was due to appear at, such as rallies and charity functions, as well as at his new workplace, talkRadio, where she was told to leave and escorted from the building.
The court heard that Ranicar then discovered where the family lived, and turned up at his home unannounced.
On one occasion in early January 2019, she shouted through the letterbox at his heavily pregnant wife: “When is the baby due? Which hospital? Let me look after her.”
The matter was reported to police, but the Wrights decided not to press charges following their child’s birth later that month, as they “felt sorry for her”, the court heard.
But Ranicar reignited her stalking campaign in April, appearing at the Wright family home and shouting: “Amelia, I want to see the baby.”
She also tried to take a picture on her mobile phone through the letterbox, the court heard.
The prosecutor said: “Mrs Wright felt vulnerable in her own home, and described it as emotional torture.
“She cancelled medical appointments to the detriment of her own health because she was worried about going out.
“Mr Wright felt vulnerable, terrified and scared – he felt there was nowhere he could go locally without looking over his shoulder.”
Her seven-month stalking campaign was brought to an end in May 2019, when she was arrested after turning up at the Wrights’ home and telling his wife: “Amelia, I want to see the baby.”
Ranicar was sentenced to a three-year community order and a restraining order for one count of stalking.
The judge said: “You must understand that the cumulative effect on Mr and Mrs Wright was that they were fearful, didn’t feel safe, they were worried about their baby, and they were worried about what you might do.
“Over a long period of time, you made their lives a misery.”
The court heard Ranicar, of Uxbridge in west London, has an autistic spectrum disorder and a mild learning disability.