Matthew Wright’s stalker, 54, is given restraining order after taunting TV presenter’s wife over stillbirths and threatening to snatch their child
- Michelle Ranicar, 54, admitted to stalking Matthew Wright and his wife Amelia
- The ‘hysterical,’ stalker even threatened to ‘snatch’ their child on one occasion
- Judge hears the couple ‘live in fear of what Ranicar may do to their baby’
- She was handed the restraining order at Wood Green Crown Court earlier today
Matthew Wright’s stalker has been given a restraining order after taunting the TV presenter’s wife over stillbirths and threatening to snatch their child.
Michelle Ranicar, 54, was handed the order at Wood Green Crown Court for stalking the presenter and his wife Amelia.
The so-called ‘superfan’ was said to have repeatedly visited Mr Wright’s home in Primrose Hill, London, bearing gifts and messages declaring her love for him, after she was barred from being a guest in the audience of his chat show due to security concerns about her behaviour towards the presenter.
Her seven-month stalking campaign was brought to an end in May 2019, when she was arrested after turning up at the Wrights’ home and telling his wife: ‘Amelia, I want to see the baby.’
Prosecutor Rebecca Foulkes said: ‘They both live in fear of what Michelle Ranicar may do to their baby.’
In October the distraught couple told how they were taunted over stillbirths when Amelia was pregnant with their daughter, Cassady, and said the ‘hysterical’ Ranicar even threatened to ‘snatch’ their child.
Michelle Ranicar, from Uxbridge, admitted to stalking Matthew Wright and his wife Amelia between November 2017 and May 2018. On one occasion she even threatened to ‘snatch’ their child
Ranicar, 54, from Uxbridge, admitted one count of stalking to cause serious alarm or distress between November and May 2018 at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, October 20.
Today she was sentenced to a three-year community order and a restraining order for one count of stalking.
Judge Jeremy Benson said: ‘You must understand that the cumulative effect on Mr and Mrs Wright was that they were fearful, didn’t feel safe, they were worried about their baby, and they were worried about what you might do.
‘Over a long period of time, you made their lives a misery.’
Ranicar, of Uxbridge in west London, thanked the judge as she was told she would not be jailed.
Following Ranicar’s guilty plea in October, Matthew Wright’s wife Amelia said the ordeal ‘cast a long shadow, we’re still shaken by the whole thing’
She pursued the presenter and his wife Amelia, who had daughter Cassady in January 2019, including turning up at their home in Primrose Hill, north London.
A judge heard Ranicar suffers from learning difficulties and had been diagnosed with a ‘mild autism spectrum disorder’, as reported by the Mirror.
A regular audience member for The Wright Stuff, Ranicar described herself as a ‘superfan’ in an interview in 2016.
Following Ranicar’s guilty plea in October, the couple revealed she had told a pregnant Amelia: ‘Women your age more likely to have a stillbirth,’ after the couple struggled to conceive their daughter.
Ranicar also turned up at their house and shouted through the letterbox that she wanted their baby.
‘It was the most horrendous time we’ve been through, scary and frightening,’ Amelia told Lorraine.
Matthew explained that he first met Ranicar when she was a regular member of the studio audience on his former show The Wright Stuff.
‘It built up over a period of time from the lady being in the audience of my TV show. I was friendly to everybody in the audience, but I was unaware that she started to develop notions that we had a relationship.’
‘Then a newspaper ran an interview with her and that was the first time and she said something like, ‘I don’t like the way our relationship is going’ and I thought, ‘I’ve never had a relationship with you!’ he explained.
She was subsequently banned from his TV show but turned up at a charity auction the star was hosting and confronted a then-heavily pregnant Amelia, leaving her in floods of tears.
Ranicar met Matthew Wright (pictured together) after regularly appearing in the studio audience of The Wright Stuff, but was banned from the set after claiming they had a relationship
Amelia explained that ‘a very glam woman approached me and said ‘I have to speak to Matthew, I don’t like the way our relationship ended’. Then the penny dropped, it was the woman in the article.’
‘Then she came out with, she said to me, I was heavily pregnant, ‘Women your age are more likely to have a stillbirth’. And I was just shocked to the core.’
Matthew added: ‘I’d been on stage and hadn’t clocked it, I then ran off stage grabbed Amelia and went home a different route so she wouldn’t find us but she had our address and turned up a few days later.’
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