Stalker followed the victim to North Yorkshire and lived in the tent

Stalker Igor Gorbochov lived in a tent in the forest to be close to his victim. (SWNS/North Yorkshire Police)

A stalker was jailed after moving to North Yorkshire from Bedfordshire to be close to her victim – even living in a tent and getting a job at the factory where she worked.

Igor Gorbochov, 41, was caught by police at the woman’s house pretending to be there to change the locks, York Crown Court heard.

He was jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to stalking and violating a previous restraining order.

His victim has told how she often stays with friends because she is too scared to be home alone and sees a doctor for depression.

Gorbochov had previously been convicted of domestic violence against the woman and was banned from contact with her.

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Selby, North Yorkshire, UK - 16th January 2023. An aerial view of the market town of Selby in Yorkshire featuring the ancient architecture of Selby Abbey

Gorbochov followed his victim after she moved to Selby, North Yorkshire without telling him. (Getty Images)

She moved to Selby, North Yorkshire without telling him, but he found out where she was, got a job with her employer and regularly showed up at her house drunk.

He was fired after the woman showed her manager the restraining order, but Gorbochov stayed in the market town and continued to contact her.

When police arrested Gorbochov on a separate matter, he claimed to live with the woman at her address and was arrested for violating the restraining order and released on bail.

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Despite this, he continued to show up at her house two or three times a week until he was finally caught in the house last October.

At the time, he gave police officers a false name and claimed to change the locks, the court heard.

“I’m very scared of being home alone and I can’t go to work,” the woman said in a personal statement to the court.

“I stay away from home a lot because I’m scared at home. I stay with friends.”

Gorbochov’s lawyer, Harry Bradford, said the accused wanted to return to Bedfordshire to work with his brother, be self-employed and send money home to his family in Latvia.

Gorbochov, who has been in custody since his arrest in October, “fully supports” maintaining the injunction, his lawyer said.

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Judge Simon Hickey said: “They have a poor record of following court orders. In this case, there is a clear risk of endangering the victim.

“In July 2022, you showed up unannounced and unexpectedly at her address. She didn’t want to let you in and asked you to leave. They started living nearby in a tent in a forest.”

Gorbochov, who followed the proceedings with the help of a Russian interpreter, was jailed for 20 months and his restraining order was extended by five years.

Not only is he prohibited from contacting the woman or visiting her home or work, he is also prohibited from addressing her in any social media posts.

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