Bristol stalker obsessed with former dentist found near clinic after being released from jail

A Bristol man found with a“murder kit” while stalking his former dentist has been jailed again just months after being released from prison.

Tom Baddeley was handed a restraining order and sent to prison in August after previously being found with a crossbow, kitchen knife and a sinister schedule counting down to “the event”.

But although he was jailed for 16 months, Baddeley was released a short time later due to the time had already spent in custody.

In October a police officer spotted the 42-year-old close to the clinic of his former orthodontist and victim Ian Hutchinson in breach of his restraining order.

On Thursday Cardiff Crown Court Thursday that officers knew Baddeley should not be in Chepstow when he was seen close to Mr Hutchinson’s dental practice in the Wye Valley town,

A Gwent Police officer spotted him on a bicycle close to the Severn Bridge on October 7 and saw him park his bicycle and walk towards Mr Hutchinson’s surgery.

Train tickets from Bristol were found in his possession when he was arrested at around 1.10pm but he gave no comment to all questions.

Baddeley was seen wearing a face mask, dark sunglasses, and a cap said Nigel Fryer, prosecuting.

“The officer believed he was trying to disguise himself,” reported WalesOnline.

Mr Fryer said the incident in October came after Baddeley’s “exceptionally sinister” behaviour in 2019 when a court heard he spent years stalking his victim who had no knowledge it of the time.

Mr Hutchinson said the latest incident “did not surprise me” and added he was constantly in fear.

A victim impact statement read to the court said although he was relieved Baddeley was caught “quickly” the incidents mean he has changed every aspect of his life.

The court heard is “constantly looking over my shoulder” and that his partner has left him following the first incident.

He said: “My family feel paranoid and fearful for themselves and for me. My social life is now non-existent. My life is completely changed and now I question everyone I meet.”

Lucy Crowther, defending, said Baddeley had “no intention” to confront Mr Hutchinson and “did not intend any harm”.

Ms Crowther said her client accepts he breached the order and explained: “The observation became something of a hobby.”

In August this year the same court heard Baddeley was caught on November 27, 2019, when a witness saw him sitting in a car wearing a balaclava.

Mr Fryer said she found that “disturbing”, adding: “She was obviously frightened and concerned.”

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Police were alerted and two officers stopped the defendant in Chepstow.

They searched the car and found a crossbow, pack of bolts, a kitchen knife, mask, gloves, lighters, and a hammer. There was also a bottle of bleach, sunglasses, surface wipes, and dust sheets.

Mr Fryer at that hearing said: “It is perhaps not hyperbole to call that

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