TikToker Sentenced for Stalking Premier League Footballers

TikToker Sentenced for Stalking Premier League Footballers

Orla Sloan, a 21-year-old TikToker, has been sentenced to a 12-month prison term that has been suspended for 18 months. The sentence was handed down after Sloan pleaded guilty to stalking two Premier League footballers and harassing a third. Sloan admitted to stalking Chelsea and England star Mason Mount for over four months, causing “serious alarm or distress” to Brighton and Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour after stalking him for over a month, and harassing Chelsea and England left-back Ben Chilwell.

The Victims’ Statements

Sloan was ordered to pay Mount and Chilwell £300 each, while she was also ordered to pay Gilmour £500. Mount said in a victim impact statement that Sloan knew roughly where he lived and trained, and he was worried that if she was unable to contact him, she might turn up at his training centre. Gilmour said that her messages had a “huge impact” on his life after he joined Brighton from Chelsea in September last year. He added that he had not been able to sleep and had to take sleeping tablets, which had a negative effect on his performance and professional life. He also expressed that it was really upsetting for him as he was in a new town where he did not have his friends or family.

The Stalking Incidents

The court previously heard that Sloan subjected Mount to a “bombardment of messages” between 19 June and 28 October 2022. Sloan had slept with Mount after meeting him at a party at his England teammate Chilwell’s house in November 2020, according to the court. Mount later stopped contacting Sloan, but she continued to send him messages. Prosecutor Jason Seetal told an earlier hearing that Mount began asking her to stop messaging him before blocking the number. Sloan used 21 different numbers to contact the Chelsea star, and some messages included collages of photos of the player with other women. In one message from an Instagram account using the Devil Baby name, she said, “I can morph at any time so let me apologize and set things right.” Another showed an Apple account buying a new number for £12.99 with the words, “I’m not buying food anymore so I can get more numbers. I will be faster than you.”

Sloan stalked Gilmour between 10 September and 28 October 2022 and claimed to have fallen pregnant, allegations described in court as “completely fictitious.”

In mitigation, Sloan’s lawyer, Michael Cogan, said she had been “naive” in not realizing that any relationship with Mount was not going to progress. He added that she was remorseful and had not contacted the footballers since.

Sloan was also handed a 30-day rehabilitation order and 200 hours of unpaid work. She will also have to pay £85 costs and a £154 victim surcharge.

UK

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