Armed stalker broke into teen’s bedroom and threatened to ‘smash her face’

PUBLISHED: 12:21 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:22 17 October 2013

Thomas Puttock will be assessed ahead of a court case in December

Thomas Puttock will be assessed ahead of a court case in December

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A firearm-wielding stalker, who broke into a 17-year-old girl’s bedroom in the middle of the night and threatened to ‘smash her face’, has been sent to a mental hospital.

Thomas Puttock, 24, woke the teenager and put his hand over her face before escaping through a window of the house in Kimpton, near Codicote.

Prosecutor Ann Evans told St Albans Crown Court on Friday that Puttock had first contacted the girl through Facebook. He called himself: George Ponsford.

“He had asked her out, but she declined,” she said.

“On the night he had booked himself into a hotel in Welwyn Garden City on March 29 this year before getting into the room of the girl who was sleeping there with another girl friend.

“She was woken up by a hand being placed over her face and the duvet was pulled over her.

“The defendant said: ‘If you scream I will smash your face.’”

After he left, both girls were tearful and the victim rang her father, who called the police.

Puttock was arrested and he was found with a CS gas canister on him.

“It was not a one off. He had a history of harassing other young women,” said Mrs Evans.

Puttock, of Meadow Gardens, Southampton, pleaded guilty to harassment at an earlier hearing.

He also admitted possessing a CS gas canister and common assault on the teenager.

Monica Stevenson, defending, said Puttock had been examined by two psychiatrists and was found to suffer from a mental disorder.

Judge Andrew Bright QC passed an interim hospital order under Section 38 of the Mental Health Act.

Puttock will be assessed in a medium secure mental unit in Hampshire, and the case will be back before the court on December 20.

The judge told the defendant: “I hope you co-operate with the doctors who want to help you and get you well again.”


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