Economist, 33, who changed her name to pretend she was married to the civil servant she had grown obsessed with vows to appeal her stalking conviction
- Ray Israel-Wilkinson, 33, changed her name to pretend to be married to him
- She held banners, placards and wrote songs to declare love for Alex Wilkinson
- Economist had worked with him at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
- She was convicted of stalking and detained under the Mental Health Act
- An appeal date has now been fixed for October 27 at Southwark Crown Court
An economist who changed her name to pretend she was married to the civil servant she had grown obsessed with vows to appeal her stalking conviction next month, a court heard.
Ray Israel-Wilkinson, 33, became obsessed with Alex Wilkinson who she ‘barely knew’ after working with him at the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport.
She would hang around his office with banners and placards stating: ‘Waiting for my Wilko.’
Israel-Wilkinson also started a Twitter page with 5,000 followers where she claimed GCHQ was trying to stop them from being together.
A second Twitter account had 104 love songs dedicated to Mr Wilkinson.
Mr Wilkinson said Israel-Wilkinson also started appearing at his office at a very difficult time, after his girlfriend’s father had died.
‘My girlfriend has been very supportive. She worried about my health and well-being,’ he said.
An appeal date has now been fixed for October 27 at Southwark Crown Court.
Israel-Wilkinson (pictured) has a second Twitter account with a pinned tweet of 104 love songs dedicated to Mr Wilkinson, the court heard
She also set up LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram accounts dedicated to her love for him.
Israel-Wilkinson changed her name from Rayner Sultan to give the impression they were married.
In August 2021 she was sent to hospital for treatment but continued to email Mr Wilkinson from the ward.
Israel-Wilkinson, of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, denied but was convicted of stalking Mr Wilkinson, between June 16 2021 and October 20 2021.
It also features a pinned video message where she asks Mr Wilkinson to get in touch with her
She was found guilty in her absence following a trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 5 July this year.
Israel-Wilkinson was detained under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act and made the subject of an indefinite restraining order preventing her from contacting Mr Wilkinson either directly or indirectly.
Judge Deborah Taylor told the court: ‘This is an appeal with regard to issues involving mental health.
‘For the proceedings – whatever happened in her absence and how the court convicted her – we do not have that information.’
She ordered that any medical evidence before the magistrates during the trial be served to her defence lawyers.
In August 2021 Wilkinson (pictured) was sectioned and taken to hospital
Israel-Wilkinson’s Twitter account is titled ‘Alexander Wilkinson is my King’ and begs followers to help her get in touch with Mr Wilkinson
She stated: ‘No-one will ever love you like I do’, and ‘I am in a lot of pain. All I am asking for is one meeting.’
‘She seems fixated with him and desperate to meet up with him’, said Tom Heslop, prosecuting.
In an impact statement read to Westminster magistrates court in July Mr Wilkinson said the ordeal ‘caused me to suffer from anxiety.’
‘Her email and social media posts have been very personal about me. ‘I barely know her.’
He said he is also worried about Israel-Wilkinson. ‘I am increasingly concerned for her well-being. I am a compassionate person.’
Ray Israel-Wilkinson (pictured), 33, was detained under the Mental Health Act and given a restraining order after being convicted of stalking. She had declared her love for Alex Wilkinson after working with him at the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport
Israel-Wilkinson’s barrister, Mohammed Monwar Hossain said: ‘There was no threat of violence, no threatening behaviour.
‘No harm was caused to him physically.
‘She is a promising young person with good job prospects in this country. She has no previous convictions.’
Israel-Wilkinson spoke in court, promising to never to make contact with Mr Wilkinson again.
District Judge Colin Witcher told her: ‘This case makes for deeply unattractive reading.
‘Your sentence would have been imprisonment had it not been two detailed medical reports in which two doctors jointly take the view that there is an underlying medical condition.’
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