Art gallery boss followed ex from London to Sydney

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A JILTED London art gallery boss flew 17,000km to Australia to stalk his terrified ex-girlfriend after she dumped him.

Jan Navratil, 35, claimed he couldn’t cope when Sophie Davis broke up with him after six months together.

The veterinary nurse had reported him to police when he stole her passport. She was bombarded with messages from Navratil saying he was going to kill himself, reports The Sun.

The stalker also took photos of the hotel in Wimbledon, London, where she was staying and told her he wanted to be “close to her”.

But he upped his campaign of harassment when he followed her almost 17,000km across the world to Sydney where Sophie had gone on holiday.

Wimbledon Magistrates Court heard how the trip had been planned before the split but her itinerary included a week in Sydney while he was meant to be in Melbourne.

But Navratil booked flights so he could join Sophie and stalked her as she tried to relax on a beach.

When she confronted him, he “pretended he didn’t see her” and later hacked her Facebook and messaged her about a man she was talking to.

Navratil, shipping and bond manager at the Halcyon Gallery, has now been given a four-month community order, which includes a three-month tagged home curfew between 9pm and 6am.

He was also slapped with a restraining order prohibiting any contact with Sophie and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge after admitting stalking between February 7 and April 3.

The court was told Navratil launched his terrifying two-month harassment campaign after Sophie moved out of his home in Colliers Wood.

After she checked in to the Antoinette Hotel in Wimbledon, she received a barrage of chilling messages from her ex.

Prosecutor Dami Eniola said: “Four hours later she started receiving messages that he was going to kill himself and received a picture of the hotel from the defendant saying he wanted to be close to her.

“She received multiple messages throughout the night and he later sent a picture of himself wearing her clothing.

“When she attended a medical appointment near Buckingham Palace, she received a picture of the building and a message from the defendant saying: ‘I feel close to you.’”

After returning to the UK from Australia, Navratil continued to stalk Sophie and followed her on the bus to work.

Sophie called the police and Navratil was arrested — but he told cops he just wanted to give her a hairdryer back.

Navratil later admitted being “angry” that Sophie had left him and said he was “embarrassed” about hacking her Facebook account.

Sophie told police: “I tried to end the relationship in December but felt responsible for his mental instability.

“When taking my suitcase outside he secretly took my passport to have a bargaining tool to later meet up. He repeatedly threatened his life and said I had destroyed his.

“My sadness turned to concern for myself. I have been anxious and have not been able to sleep properly.

“I feel it has put me back in a dark place and it has sadly impacted my life. I’d love to move forward and not have to look over my shoulder.

“I’m sad it has come to this, but it is necessary.”

Navratil admitted stalking between February and April.

He was warned by District Judge Barbara Barnes that he could be jailed if he continued stalking his ex-girlfriend.

She also imposed an indefinite restraining order and a three-month 9pm to 6am curfew.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.



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