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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A two-week national ‘firebreak’ aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 will be imposed in Wales.
Everybody in Wales will be required to stay at home from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November, the Welsh Government announced.
People deemed critical workers, and those who were unable to work from home would be exempted.
As widely anticipated, non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants, leisure businesses, community centres, libraries, and recycling centres will close.
Gatherings for Halloween and Bonfire Night will not be allowed, but there will be some exemptions for limited Remembrance commemorations.
Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, described the lockdown as “a time-limited firebreak” and a “short, sharp shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus, and give us more time”.
Mr Drakeford, who met with Government colleagues this morning, said that critical care units in Wales were already full.
He warned that the number of people being taken to hospital with coronavirus symptoms was growing every day and that, without tough action, there was “a very real risk that our NHS would be overwhelmed”.
He told a news conference: “Unless we act, the NHS will not be able to look after the increasing number of people who are falling seriously ill.”
The start of the Welsh firebreak lockdown has been timed to coincide with the beginning of the half-term break for schoolchildren. However, some children will be allowed to return to class after the holiday period ends.
The restrictions mean that:
Childcare facilities will remain open
Primary schools will reopen after half-term
Secondary schools will reopen, but only for children in years 7 and 8, and those taking exams
Children in other school years will continue their learning from home
University students would be required to stay at home in their accommodation and continue their education through a blend of online and in-person learning.
Mr Drakeford said that during the two-week lockdown, people would be banned from gathering with people not in their household, either indoors or outdoors.
However, exceptions would made for adults living alone, and single parents, who would continue to be able to join with one other household for support.
Places of worship would be closed, other than for funerals and weddings.
The Welsh Government said that it would announce a package of financial measures to help individuals and businesses affected by the lockdown. It would include an economic resilience fund of nearly £300 million.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) appealed for more people who have had COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma at 14 new donation centres in England for use in treatment trials for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The NHS trials of convalescent plasma are the largest randomised controlled trials for this “promising” treatment for COVID-19.
NHSBT already collects plasma in its 23 permanent blood donor centres and in five pop-up plasma centres.
It said donations were urgently needed to ensure that if the trial
Wales will enter a “fire break” lockdown for two weeks, requiring everyone to stay home in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Monday that beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, all non essential businesses, such as retail stores, restaurants and bars, will shut down until Nov. 9.
People will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as to obtain necessary supplies and health services, exercise alone, access childcare and education, attend court and visit banks. The only exception will be made for essential workers and people with jobs that make it impossible to work from home.
Between Oct. 10 and 16, Public Health Wales confirmed 3,870 new cases of the coronavirus. More than 800 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a number that is 20% higher than just a week ago.
Officials report more than 35,620 cases of the virus in Wales and more than 1,700 people have died.
The rate of infection is currently 1.4, and the seven-day rolling incidence rate for Wales stands at more than 120 cases per 100,000 population, according to the government.
“The aim of a fire break is to reset the clock,” Drakeford said.
Non essential travel within Wales and into and out of Wales will not be allowed during the two-week fire break. Additionally, people are not permitted to visit other households or meet with people they do not live with. Secondary schools, which will be on a break period, will remain closed for an additional week, though primary schools and child care centers will remain open.
Libraries, gyms and places of worship will also be closed.
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Face coverings continue to be mandatory in indoor public spaces that remain open and on public transportation and in taxis.
If people violate the new rules, they could face a fine up to $78 on the first offense and up to $156 on the second.
“A fire break period is our best chance of regaining control of the virus and avoiding a much longer and much more damaging national lockdown,” Drakeford said. “This is the moment to come together, to play our part in a common endeavour.”