A Tory parliamentary candidate who bombarded his Liberal Democrat rival with hate mail and vandalised the party’s Watford headquarters was facing jail today after admitting more than 70 offences of criminal damage and harassment. Ian Oakley, 31, of West Drayton, northwest London, admitted mounting a two-year hate campaign against Sal Brinton, who he considered his main rival to defeat the sitting Labour MP.
Oakley admitted making silent phone calls to her home and sending lesbian magazines and letters addressed to The candidate, who resigned from the Conservative Party after his activities were discovered, also slashed tyres and wrecked shutters at the party’s local offices.
His campaign of harassment was motivated by a desire to change the political landscape in Watford” after he was chosen to be Tory candidate in 2006, St Albans Magistrates Court heard.
[He also] hounded Russell Wilson, a Watford borough councillor, with letters accusing him of paedophilia and daubed graffiti on his home branding him a “scum scum perv”.
Letters were also sent to his neighbours stating he was a member of a child-abuse ring, Ms Rayner said.
Oakley was granted bail until sentencing, on the condition he does not contact a list of people named by the court.