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Jilted lover, 27, avoids jail after bombarding ‘traumatised’ beauty queen, 24, with messages

Rehema Muthamia, 24, faced a barrage of phone calls, emails, texts, and Whatsapp messages when her jilted lover Lorenzo Dixon, 27, stalked and harassed her

Rehema Muthamia, 24, faced a barrage of phone calls, emails, texts, and Whatsapp messages when her jilted lover Lorenzo Dixon, 27, stalked and harassed her

A beauty queen was left ‘traumatised and scared’ after she endured an 18-month stalking nightmare at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, a court has heard.

Rehema Muthamia, 24, faced a barrage of phone calls, emails, texts, and Whatsapp messages when her jilted lover Lorenzo Dixon, 27, stalked and harassed her.

Dixon also bombarded ‘Remi’ with letters and cards and gifts, including boxes of chocolates, soft toys and bottles of Prosecco in an ‘unrelenting’ campaign.

He even boarded a train she was on and travelled almost 100 miles before accosting her as she got off.

The stalking ordeal was so ‘stressful’ the beauty queen, who was recently crowned Miss African All Colours, was forced to take eight weeks off work.

Last month Dixon, a trainee lawyer, pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking and harassment against Remi between February 2019 to July 2020.

Yesterday the paralegal had faced a maximum six-month jail term but was instead ordered to pay his victim £500 compensation by Brighton Magistrates Court.

He was also sentenced to a 12-month community order, handed a restraining order and will also have to attend 30 hours of rehabilitation to address his behaviour.

The court heard Dixon and Remi, who was a student at Sussex University, had been in a relationship and she was pregnant but had a miscarriage.

When they split up shortly afterwards at the start of 2019, Dixon refused to believe the relationship was at an end and launched a campaign of stalking and harassment.

Dixon (pictured) also bombarded 'Remi' with letters and cards and gifts, including boxes of chocolates, soft toys and bottles of Prosecco in an 'unrelenting' campaign

Dixon (pictured) also bombarded 'Remi' with letters and cards and gifts, including boxes of chocolates, soft toys and bottles of Prosecco in an 'unrelenting' campaign

Pictured: 'Remi'

Pictured: 'Remi'

Dixon (left) also bombarded ‘Remi’ (right) with letters and cards and gifts, including boxes of chocolates, soft toys and bottles of Prosecco in an ‘unrelenting’ campaign

She repeatedly told him to leave her alone and reported him to the Metropolitan Police in March 2019 with officers handing him a verbal harassment order.

But the next month he went to Remi’s university and boarded the same train as her, following her to her hometown of Luton before demanding she answer questions.

He was again warned by police over his behaviour but persisted in trying to contact her through a number of different channels.

In a statement read to the court Remi said: ‘Imagine having being called 30 times in a 24 hour period by an unknown number you are unable to block. The calls were coming in every few seconds.

‘Imagine being followed on a train for a two hour period and having to call university security to have your former partner escorted off the campus.’

The court heard she had sought counselling after the stalking and was ‘always looking over her shoulder.’

She said: ‘I’m scared I will never be able to live like a normal person and will always have to look over my shoulder.’

Eleanor Richards, prosecuting, said: ‘She was unable to work for eight weeks due to the stress and trauma she suffered.’

After the case Remi, who graduated with a first degree in genetics from the University of Sussex, said she did not want to comment.

The court heard Dixon and Remi, who was a student at Sussex University, had been in a relationship and she was pregnant but had a miscarriage

The court heard Dixon and Remi, who was a student at Sussex University, had been in a relationship and she was pregnant but had a miscarriage

The court heard Dixon and Remi, who was a student at Sussex University, had been in a relationship and she was pregnant but had a miscarriage

The court heard Dixon and Remi, who was a student at Sussex University, had been in a relationship and she was pregnant but had a miscarriage

The court heard Dixon and Remi (pictured), who was a student at Sussex University, had been in a relationship and she was pregnant but had a miscarriage

She beat eight other competitors to win Miss All African Colours and will now go on to compete in the Miss England finals.

Rehema was born in Britain but her family are Kenyan and she speaks four languages.

She beat eight other competitors to win Miss All African Colours and will now go on to compete in the Miss England finals.

If she wins that competition Rehema, from Luton, who now works as a recruitment consultant in life science, could compete in the Miss World contest.

After her win she said: ‘The work was actually quite a rigorous process in terms of the heat and the idea was as if we were getting ready for the Miss England finals.

‘There were catwalk sessions, learning how to speak and present ourselves and also starting to work on our charities and finding a cause we were passionate about.

‘My family are so supportive they can’t stop talking about it and the Kenyan community has really got behind me and wanted to support me and loved seeing someone from my heritage being represented.’


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