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A man accused of stalking X Factor winner Joe McElderry and his mother was convicted of harassment today.
Ennis McBride, 53, from Stockport, was found guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court after McElderry and members of his family gave evidence during the trial.
District Judge Roger Elsey said of McBride: "He has given evidence but has not been a compelling witness and lacked credibility.
"He totally lacked insight into the impact of his actions on the complainants."
The judge fined him £1,000 and ordered him to pay £915 costs.
McBride was subject to a five-year restraining order preventing him from contacting the singer or his mother.
The court heard that in November last year McBride appeared at one of McElderry's concerts and sat on the front row.
"I started the second last show and the same person who had been to my house was sitting on the front row and was staring at me. I was really scared.
I started the second last show and the same person who had been to my house was sitting on the front row and was staring at me. I was really scared.
McElderry's mother Eileen Joyce said she felt anxious and bewildered when McBride appeared on her doorstep.
"I was moving some furniture to a new house and a guy came and knocked on the door and asked where Joe was.
I asked who he was and he said that was irrelevant.
He said Joe was a liar and he had his best friend lying for him.
I felt really anxious and I asked him to move off the doorstep. I felt nervous and bewildered."
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A man from Stockport will go on trial accused of stalking the mother of X Factor winner Joe McElderry.
Ennis McBride, 52, of Rostrevor Road, Stockport, Greater Manchester, will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court charged with harassment.
McBride was charged after Eileen Joyce complained to police that she was followed by a suspicious man in an Asda supermarket in South Shields, South Tyneside, on Christmas Eve last year.
The trial is due to last for two days.
McElderry won the X Factor in 2009 and has gone on to win ITV's Popstar To Operastar.
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