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Hardwicke Building stalker gets court fine

A barrister pestered a female colleague, plaguing her with phone calls and letters after she broke off their relationship, a court has heard. Justin Webster, who pleaded guilty to harassment after being charged under the new stalking laws, faces disciplinary action from the Bar Council. Webster, 37, of Hardwicke Building, once made 23 telephone calls […]

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