A stalker broke into a horrified young woman’s family bedroom to secretly rearrange her jewellery into the shape of a heart on her bed.
Obsessed bachelor Matthew Harris, 42, traced her family more than 200 miles across Britain in a five-year campaign pestering his “Princess”.
Harris first met the woman, then 23, when she rented a room from his landlord father – and he became infatuated with her.
A court heard she moved out after feeling “uneasy” but Harris then began trailing her for years on social media by tracking her movements as she moved around the world for work.
Harris then found out the address of her family home in Wales – and travelled from Yorkshire to break in to snoop around.
The only room of the house where anything was disturbed was the woman’s former childhood bedroom.
Harris arranged her collection of necklaces into the shape of a heart and placed it on top of a note which read: “You broke my ‘heart’ but I wouldn’t have it any other way, Princess.”
Swansea Crown Court heard that in 2015 the victim moved into a shared house in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs – where Harris was the landlord’s son but lived in the garden shed.
Prosecutor Sophie Hill said the woman felt “uneasy” and moved out after a couple of months.
But she then had a personal message on Twitter from Harris asked how she was.
Miss Hill said: “She replied that she was fine, and then blocked the contact expecting that to be an end to the matter.
“But that was to be the start of repeated unencouraged and unwanted contact that was to last for years.”
Harris messaged her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest – but each time the victim blocked him he set up a new account.
The businesswoman spent time travelling the world as part of her job and changed her social media accounts – but Harris found her personal email address and contacted her.
He then began making a series of payments to her via the online PayPal system – some for as little as £1 – and each one accompanied by a note.
The prosecutor said Harris subsequently posted messages saying he would never give up by saying “success comes with consistency” and “everything I deserve is coming my way”.
Harris was served with a harassment warning notice by police but continued to send messages.
He then found her family home in Wales, and broke a window to get in to arrange her jewellery in her bedroom. He also turned up at her sister’s house nearby.
In a victim impact statement the woman said Harris’ behaviour had overshadowed her life – and she just wanted it to stop.
Harris, of Sheffield, South Yorks, had previously pleaded guilty to stalking and to criminal damage by breaking a window.
The court heard Harris has seven previous convictions for eight offences, including harassment and stalking of another woman.
David Singh, for Harris, said it was an “infatuation” on his client’s part which had been “unrequited”.
The judge told Harris his “obsessive” behaviour had had a major impact on the woman’s life.
Judge Huw Rees described his behaviour as “entirely inadequate but damaging”.
The Judge sentenced him to two years prison. Harris was also made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting his victim for the next five years.