A stablehand and his mother are facing jail over his ‘warped’ stalking plot to frame a love rival and seduce a woman he was obsessed with.
Beaumont Bricka waged a ‘twisted’ campaign against Eve Taylor bombarding her with ‘appalling’ messages from fake accounts urging her to kill herself.
The ‘manipulative and corrosive’ 26-year-old tried to frame Ms Taylor’s innocent boyfriend, Tim Dobson, as the stalker getting him arrested and leaving him on the brink of suicide.
International showjumper Bricka even sent himself death threats from fake accounts to pose as a fellow ‘victim’. But in reality, he was targeting nine other people linked to 24-year-old Ms Taylor – including her father Dr Tim Taylor, an NHS trust’s medical director who he wrongly branded a paedophile.
When police finally caught Bricka, his mother Tonia Bricka, 63, tried to deceive detectives by claiming she was the stalker, in a doomed bid to save her son. The pair are now facing jail after being convicted of perverting the course of justice at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Beaumont Bricka bombarded makeup artist Eve Taylor with ‘appalling’ messages from fake accounts telling her to kill herself as part of his plot to ruin her relationship
Eve Taylor wept in court as she recounted receiving online death threats
Bricka’s mother Tonia, 63, stepped forward and claimed she was behind the stalking – she now faces being jailed alongside her son
Remanding the pair in custody, Judge Richard Shepherd told Beaumont Bricka he is an ‘intelligent, manipulative and corrosive liar’.
Bricka, who lives with his horse-owning mother in a £530,000 cottage in the village of Aldingbourne, West Sussex, met Miss Taylor at the stables by his home and carried out his ‘twisted’ year-long campaign from 2019 to 2020.
Their families were friendly and sometimes rode horses together, with Mrs Bricka and Ms Taylor’s mother Julie Taylor commenting they would make a nice couple.
During his relentless campaign, Bricka set up a network of fake accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and WhatsApp, using girl’s names.
He also set up at least 34 different phone numbers, six email addresses, and used three mobile phones to target Eve.
The ‘lonely’ stable hand would message Ms Taylor, her family and friends to wrongly claim her plumber boyfriend Mr Dobson was cheating on her, telling her ‘can you leave my boyfriend alone you ugly little freak’.
Bricka also spread lies about her, claiming she has sexually transmitted diseases, posting adverts claiming she is an escort, and branding her a ‘cheating witch’.
Her father Dr Taylor even found himself being investigated by Sussex NHS Trust when Bricka made a false complaint he inappropriately messaged an 11-year-old girl.
Miss Taylor’s father Dr Tim Taylor turned to drinking after he was falsely accused of being a paedophile (he is pictured outside Portsmouth Crown Court)
Miss Taylor became increasingly worried Mr Dobson was behind the campaign and they broke up before Mr Dobson was arrested and ‘contemplated suicide’.
‘Chilling’ photos of suicides, nooses and bloody knives were sent by Bricka to Miss Taylor and himself, encouraging them to kill themselves.
Miss Taylor said she unwittingly grew closer to Bricka and sent him over 3,000 texts, feeling ‘incredibly guilty’ that he was getting death threats and worried that it was ‘her fault’.
Bricka even went to the extent of visiting his doctor to be prescribed anti-depressants and spoke to a private investigator that the Taylors hired.
Tearful Miss Taylor told jurors ‘I was scared’ as she recalled being relentlessly stalked.
She said: ‘I was devastated, a complete mess. I felt really disturbed and stressed and guilty… It was horrible, the messages made me feel dirty.
‘I was really worried, it felt threatening and felt directed at Beau, who at the time I felt concerned for.
‘We definitely got closer as this was happening as he was receiving messages as well. He was just a friend, I felt incredibly guilty and worried that he was getting death threats and it was my fault.’
Miss Taylor said the stalking stopped her going out, running, doing yoga, and that the stress destroyed her singing voice due to the impact it had on her muscles. ‘It still affects me every day’, the self-employed makeup artist said.
Her mother Mrs Taylor said: ‘Every morning you would wake up to 20 WhatsApp messages and one would be an advert that had been put into the local newspaper showing Eve as an escort.
Julie Taylor (pictured outside court), Ms Taylor’s mother, described how she was forced to watch her daughter deteriorate by the torrent of abuse
Dr Taylor, medical director at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told jurors he was banned from meetings and seeing patients after false allegations were made against him.
Mr Dobson said: ‘Somebody, the stalker, was seriously trying to incriminate me and trying to get me locked up.
‘This has been the worst period of my life, it was so dire I was suspected of being the stalker and arrested.
‘At times over the last year I have felt suicidal and contemplated taking my own life.
‘I started drinking heavily. I wanted to drink to forget the situation I was in.
‘I had a bottle of whiskey and pills, had gone to a favourite place of mine and was prepared to take my own life.
‘I felt like I had nothing to live for and my mind was wanting this to end.’
Bricka was arrested in April 2020 after police spotted him on CCTV topping up one of the pay-as-you-go phones used to send messages.
An iPhone 6, an Alcatel phone, his own iPhone 8, phone chargers, and paper with victims’ phone numbers was recovered at the house.
Giving evidence, Bricka said he had a ‘lonely’ upbringing and didn’t have many friends, but claimed he was ‘shocked and horrified’ by the stalking as he denied being behind it.
Mrs Bricka insisted she was the stalker, claiming she was ‘addicted to it’, but it was heard her claims were ‘vague’ and ‘nonsense’.
The pair will be sentenced in May.
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