A KINGSTEIGNTON man with a history of mental illness has been remanded in custody after walking into a woman’s flat and talking to her about the Jill Dando murder.
Jason Kerswell, 42, made suggestive comments to the woman and ranted in the face of her 86-year-old father.
Kerswell, of Captain’s Road, Kingsteignton, admitted two breaches of his Asbo, one at a house in Formosa Road, Teignmouth, and one at the Richard Hopkins pub in Queen Street, Newton Abbot.
He was told to leave the pub after drinkers saw him acting ‘in an odd manner’ at a table.
When police arrived he flew into a rage and made threats to a member of staff.
A judge at Exeter Crown Court said he was disturbed by his behaviour but needed more information from doctors before he could deal with the breaches.
The court was told Kerwell was made subject of an Asbo in 2011 but has been in court three times for breaking its conditions, which included not to cause alarm or distress to strangers.
Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said the latest victim, Susan Law, was at home in Teignmouth with her father when an ‘angry and agitated’ Kerswell walked in through a door which had been left slightly ajar during the hot weather in July.
The prosecutor said Kerswell spoke about BBC TV presenter Jill Dando, who was shot dead on her doorstep in London in 1999.
As he left he made suggestive comments to his victim which left her feeling ‘disgusted’ and vulnerable in her own home.
He later told police that he had talked a little about the Jill Dando case because he was interested in it and had been speaking with somebody else about it.
He said he had gone to the flat next door to find his brother but had not found him at home.
Nigel Wraith, mitigating, said Kerwell accepted his victims had been alarmed and that his behaviour had been wrong.
He said Kerswell is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and wants more support from the mental health services.
Judge Erik Salomonsen remanded him in custody to await input from the psychiatric services.