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A disgruntled patient who stalked his dentist with a crossbow has been jailed for two years after breaking a restraining order against him.

Thomas Baddeley, 42, was previously sentenced to prison in August for secretly following orthodontist Ian Hutchinson with a boot full of weapons capable of causing “serious harm”, as well as logging his movements over a four-year period.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Baddeley developed an “obsession” with Dr Hutchinson while he was a patient of his between 2012-2016.

The court also heard that he made “bizarre” complaints about Dr Hutchinson during this period before their contact broke off.

Baddeley was first caught by police in November 2019 after a member of the public reported him acting suspiciously in his parked car near the orthodontist’s home in Monmouthshire.

Police found him wearing a balaclava and discovered a kit in his boot including a crossbow, a knife, a snood, gloves, a ski mask, bleach, plastic sheets, and cleansing wipes.

In his Bristol home the police found detailed surveillance logs of Dr Hutchinson’s movements spanning four years. They also found a “sinister” document counting down to something Baddeley referred to as “The Event”, the details of which were never specified.

Baddeley was sentenced to 16 months in prison in August and handed an indefinite restraining order after he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article, and stalking.

But on Thursday, the court heard he had in fact been released from custody the very same day he was sentenced because of the time he had spent on remand, unbeknownst to his victim.

Prosecutor Nigel Fryer said Baddeley was spotted approaching The Smile Lounge, one of Dr Hutchinson’s dental clinics in Chepstow, just two months later on October 7.

Baddeley was caught by officers riding a bicycle after being recognised by them despite wearing a baseball cap, a facemask and dark sunglasses.

Mr Fryer said: “It is not an understatement to say that this had a profound effect on Ian Hutchinson.”

A victim impact statement read out in court heard Dr Hutchinson, 52, had been forced to change his lifestyle and routines in fear of being cornered by his stalker, and feared what Baddeley would have done to him.

He said: “I’d thought about what if he’d been able to get into the practice, what he would have done to the staff or any patients. This makes me feel upset.

“I have been a dentist for 30 years. This is not something I thought I would have to consider.

“I struggle to sleep at night, and I’m constantly looking over my shoulder for things that seem out of place.”

He added: “My life has completely changed.”

Lucy Crowther QC, defending Baddeley, said the stalker did not accept he had ever made bizarre requests to Dr Hutchinson during his treatment, which included demanding some removed teeth were reinserted into his mouth.

“He does, however, quite accept that he was very concerned about the quality of care and treatment

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‘Obsessed’ patient who stalked dentist with ‘murder kit’ jailed for breaching restraining order

An “obsessed” man who went to prison for stalking his dentist with a “murder kit” has been jailed again for following his victim just months after his release.

Tom Baddeley, 42, secretly followed orthodontist Ian Hutchinson, 52, with a car boot full of weapons capable of causing “serious harm” – including a crossbow, a knife, bleach and plastic sheeting – and kept detailed surveillance logs of Dr Hutchinson’s movements spanning four years.

Baddeley, who was a patient of Dr Hutchinson in Bristol between 2012 and 2016, created a “sinister” document counting down to something he referred to as “The Event”.

Further details of the document were not specified, but a judge said Baddeley’s notes meant, “at the very least there was a plan to cause him [Dr Hutchinson] substantial harm, if not to end his life”.

Baddeley was handed an indefinite restraining order after he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article and stalking in August.

Police discovered a crossbow, a knife, a snood, gloves, a ski mask, bleach, plastic sheets and cleansing wipes in Tom Baddeley’s car boot

(Gwent Police)

He was sentenced to 16 months in prison but was released from custody the very same day because of the time he had spent on remand, unbeknownst to his victim.

Baddeley was then spotted approaching The Smile Lounge, one of Dr Hutchinson’s dental clinics in Chepstow, just two months later on 7 October.

He was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday and told any further breach of the restraining order carried a term of five years’ imprisonment.

A victim impact statement read out in court heard how Dr Hutchinson had been left with mental health problems and forced to change his lifestyle and routines in fear of what Baddeley would do.

“I struggle to sleep at night, and I’m constantly looking over my shoulder for things that seem out of place,” he said.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said pre-sentence reports compiled for him “lead me to the conclusion it will be quite some time before your obsession with Dr Hutchinson subsides”.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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