Lily Allen has revealed her stalker has been given supervised leave from a mental health facility.
The Fear singer was stalked by Alex Gray for seven years before he was arrested at breaking into her house and threatening to kill her in October 2015. He was convicted of burglary and harassment and sentenced to an “indefinite hospital order” in June 2016.
Allen, 34, told The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast: “The stalker stuff is quite scary, I think...
“He got out yesterday actually for twenty minutes supervised leave. That has been praying on my mind.”
The Smile singer told how she had faced down Gray in court because she needed to be sure that police had arrested the right person.
Allen recalled: “He broke into my house at about two o'clock in the morning in October 2015.... He had been sending me things and turning up for seven years. In his interview when the police arrested him, they said what were you going to do? And he said I was going to put a knife through her face.”
She went on: “The bail hearing I went to as I had no conformation they had the right person. And the only person that had seen him in my flat was me, so I wanted to make sure it was the right person because I don't trust the police.
“So I went to go see it was him, and it was. He started standing up and banging on the glass and got irradiate, and I'm glad I did that, as the judge saw how dangerous he was.”
Allan hopes that her stalker case will help improve victim support going forward.
She revealed: “A female detective from up North contacted me and said she had dealt with lots of these types of cases and things before. And that the reading of my book pushed her to make a commitment to herself to deal with them differently than she had done up until she read about my experience, so that was really amazing. That is the whole point of my platform, is to contribute in a way that is useful.”
The F*** You singer has previously said she had not felt the police took her reports of stalking seriously until Gray broke into her home.
She said in 2016: “I’m not angry at Alex Gray. He has a mental illness. The system has failed him. But until he gets the right treatment and the right help he needs, then I’m not safe. You can throw the book at him, put him in jail, but he’ll still be coming out. And the victim is never safe.”
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