X Factor stalker guilty

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.

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