4:13pm Friday 25th April 2014
A TWISTED Oldbury stalker is now in jail after harassing his former girlfriend until she committed suicide.
Ryan Dey was arrested in November last year, a month after the death of Kamaljit Sidhu who jumped off a bridge on the M6.
The love-lorn ex-boyfriend refused to accept the relationship was over and made threats towards her, contacted her friends and searched various locations trying to find her.
Dey, aged 23, was charged with stalking and admitted the offence during at Birmingham Crown Court on March 21.
The court heard how Dey, a lorry driver from Hollyoak Close, Oldbury, had been seeing Kamaljit for around 18 months when she tried to end the relationship, in October 2013.
Kamaljit went on to make comments on social media stating she was scared of Ryan before taking her own life on October 25.
Speaking after today's hearing, Kamaljit’s mother Sarbjit Sidhu, said: “Does Ryan Dey really realise the damage he has inflicted on my beloved Kam, me and my family?
"We will never forget our baby Kam, I was unable to see her for the last time when she was put to rest and that has been difficult to deal with."
She added: “Ryan Dey is evil, he is a bully and a coward and had put my daughter through hell with his control and abuse and will never be forgiven for what he has caused.
“As a mother and a family we want the world to know this can never be allowed to happen again, I do not want anyone else to go through what we have. Our lives have stopped and we can’t breathe.
Detective Chief Inspector Kim Madill, from West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, said: “This has been a difficult, challenging and deeply upsetting case to investigate for all concerned.
“The investigation team has worked tirelessly to try and find some justice for Kamaljit and her family, following her tragic and untimely death.
“One can only imagine the fear and torment that Dey must have put her through to take such a course of action. Even though this conviction cannot bring Kamaljit back, hopefully the fact that Dey has admitted his crimes and is now facing a spell in prison will come as some comfort to her grieving family.
“To bring such a case to court, without a victim to give evidence, is both unusual and challenging and so it is pleasing to see that a successful prosecution can bring some sense of justice to the Sidhu family and our thoughts continue to be with them at this difficult time."
Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) added: “Ryan Dey’s stalking of Ms Sidhu, which included the use of social media, had a substantial effect on her day to day life. In those final days the defendant’s actions caused her to be in fear of a man she had once trusted and loved which ultimately resulted in Ms Sidhu ending her own life.
“The CPS takes reports of stalking and harassment very seriously, whether they are alleged to have taken place online, on the phone, in person or any other way."
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