St Ives stalker case is adjourned again

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: February 20, 2015

Truro Crown Court

Truro Crown Court

THE CASE of a St Ives man accused of stalking and blackmailing the daughter of an American billionaire, who he was married to, has been delayed after a court heard that no bed was available for him to be assessed in a medium secure mental health facility.

At Truro Crown Court on February 5, the case of James Casbolt, who is accused of a series of offences, was adjourned for him to be placed in a hospital.

On Friday, his barrister, Jason Beal said there was still no bed available.

Casbolt, aged 37, who also harassed two other women, entered guilty pleas at a hearing in December, despite his legal team raising concerns about his mental capacity in relation to fitness to plead.

Adjourning the case to March, 20, Judge Simon Carr said Casbolt was clearly in need of assessment and ordered that whoever was in charge of finding such placements be in court on that day if no bed had been found.

The courts can use Section 38 when a defendant has been found guilty of an imprisonable offence.

The interim order is temporary and a defendant will be assessed for mental illness and can be treated by the hospital without their permission.

After a period of time the court will impose a sentence which could involve a further hospital order or a prison sentence.

Casbolt, of Windsor Terrace, admitted blackmailing Haley Meijer, whose father is Hank Meijer, co-chairman of US hypermarket chain Meijers, one of the largest private companies in the US, by making unwarranted demands for £2million with menaces on February 27.

He pleaded guilty to stalking her involving serious alarm or distress between October 1, 2013 and July 9, this year, by sending threatening and offensive text messages and e-mails and by posting threatening and offensive messages and images on social websites.

He also admitted two charges of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment on September 20.

Those offences related to Simone Everett and Anastassia Swallow by sending them threatening and offensive Facebook messages which caused them to fear on at least two occasions that violence would be used against them.

He also approached Ms Swallow in the street on the same day.

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James Casbolt, Haley Meijer

THE case of a St Ives man accused of stalking and blackmailing the daughter of an American billionaire, who he was married to, has been adjourned for a bed to be found in a medium secure mental health facility.

James Casbolt was due to be sentenced for a series of offences when he appeared at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday.

His lawyer, Jason Beal, said a psychiatric report prepared on Casbolt while he was in prison recommended that an interim hospital order under Section 38 of the Mental Health Act be made.

Casbolt, aged 37, who also harassed two other women, entered guilty pleas at a hearing in December, despite his legal team raising concerns about his mental capacity in relation to fitness to plead.

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Mr Beal said that there were currently no bed available in a medium secure psychiatric unit and asked for the case to be adjourned while a place was found.

The courts can use Section 38 when a defendant has been found guilty of an imprisonable offence.

The interim order is temporary and a defendant will be assessed for mental illness and can be treated by the hospital without their permission.

After a period of time the court will impose a sentence which could involve a further hospital order or a prison sentence.

Casbolt, of Windsor Terrace, admitted blackmailing Haley Meijer, whose father is Hank Meijer, co-chairman of US hypermarket chain Meijers, one of the largest private companies in the US, by making unwarranted demands for £2million with menaces on February 27.

He pleaded guilty to stalking her involving serious alarm or distress between October 1, 2013 and July 9, this year, by sending threatening and offensive text messages and e-mails and by posting threatening and offensive messages and images on social websites.

He also admitted two charges of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment on September 20.

Those offences related to Simone Everett and Anastassia Swallow by sending them threatening and offensive Facebook messages which caused them to fear on at least two occasions that violence would be used against them.

He also approached Ms Swallow in the street on the same day.

He was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned to February 20.

Read more: http://www.cornishman.co.uk/Court-consider-mental-health-hospital-order-case/story-25965621-detail/story.html#ixzz3STGoxaqW
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