Stalker broke into house and watched victim as she slept

Stalker John Leete leaving court with a male supporter. He's been warned he could be jailed.

Stalker John Leete leaving court with a male supporter. He's been warned he could be jailed.

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A terrified young girl woke to find her teenage stalker watching her from the bottom of her bed, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard.

Obsessed John Leete shone a flashlight at the woman before uttering an apology.

Scarborough Justice Centre. Picture Richard Ponter 141126b

Scarborough Justice Centre. Picture Richard Ponter 141126b

The break-in was the creepy climax to months of harassment from Leete, who pestered the girl with messages over Facebook before hand.

But the Helmsley stalker has been warned he could be jailed for the campaign of fear he waged on the object of his affection.

Scarborough magistrates heard in the build-up to the July home invasion, a number of strange disturbances had occurred at the victim’s family home.

Windows had been yanked open and tables overturned in the garden.

Her furious father, the court heard, was so angry he had planned to “take matters into his own hands”.

He snapped after learning that his student daughter had been sent unwanted messages from Leete “declaring his love” for her through Facebook.

But the 19-year-old was arrested after the break-in and made “full and frank” admissions when interviewed by police.

When questioned, he said he didn’t know why he had done it.

He was scolded by magistrates for the “serious” offence, with the chair telling him “you could be sent to prison”. That decision won’t be made until the August 27 sentencing hearing, after the probation service has carried out an “all options” report.

In mitigation his solicitor Caroline Watson said Leete, of Station Road, had no previous convictions and had admitted his guilt at the first opportunity.

And Leete, whose Facebook states he is a waiter and bartender, has been told to stay away from his victim until that date. He must not contact her directly or through a third party. He must also stay away from her family home.

The Scarborough News attempted to contact the victim, who was named in court, but she has yet to respond.