A stalker who subjected X Factor winner Joe McElderry to a tirade of Twitter abuse has been found guilty of harassment.
The pop singer attended South Tyneside Magistrates' Court to give evidence in the trial of Ennis McBride, who denied harassing McElderry and his mother Eileen Joyce.
McBride from Stockport, turned up at McElderry's home in South Shields on more than one occasion and sent him abusive tweets.
The 53-year-old set up a Twitter account called @mcelderrytruth, on which he called the singer a "vile hypocrite" and compared him to late North Korea leader Kim Jong-il.
The 21-year-old said he was left feeling scared and intimidated.
McBride was fined £1,000 and ordered to abide by a five-year restraining order imposed by the court.If you can't see our live blog of the trial click here
On September 11 2011 McBride knocked on McElderry's front door while he was having a bath. A friend answered the door and said he was not available.
McBride then went round to the singer's old house and spoke to McElderry's mother and accused Joe of being a liar.
Describing the incident, McElderry said: "I was feeling quite shaken and confused, and a bit creeped out. My mum sounded very alarmed and distressed and told me to lock the doors."
Then on December 24 2011 Ms Joyce saw McBride in Asda and later that day he was arrested at their home.
She also said McBride failed to explain why he was in South Shields at the time of his arrest.
McBride, a part-time PhD student with a degree in psychology and philosophy and another in counter fraud and criminal justice, denied he intended to cause McElderry and his mother alarm.
He was convicted of two counts of harassment.
- Why Joe McElderry Always Has Time For His Fans
- Joe's 21st Birthday Present To Teen Cancer Charity
- Joe Opens New Unit For Teen Cancer Patients
- X-Factor Joe Targeted With Homophobic Abuse
- Joe McElderry In Japan Fundraiser
- You Ask The Questions: Joe McElderry
More from News
- Go Compare Advert Singing Chihuahua Stolen In Burglary
- Evolution Festival Director Jim Mawdsley Talks Curry, Cocktails And Bikinis
- Armed Robber Targets Tyneside Post Office
- Coal Mining Elvis Impersonator Among Artist's Work On Post-War Tyneside
- Bud The Police Horse Punched After Tyne Wear Derby Returns To Newcastle For EDL Demo
- Car Park Capers: Nesting Seagull Picks Empty Bay At Train Station
- Fresh Start For Unemployed And Ex-Offenders At Charity Cafe
- People's Assembly: Owen Jones Rallies Anti-Cuts Support In Newcastle