Doctor Stalked Nurse; Court Hears of Two-Year Obsession That Haunted Young Hospital Midwife

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Doctor Stalked Nurse; Court Hears of Two-Year Obsession That Haunted Young Hospital Midwife


A SCOTTISH doctor whose girlfriend refused to go south with him when he got a job in England, became obsessed with a trainee midwife at his new hospital.

For almost two years anaesthetist Michael Dale, 44, hounded 23-year-old Chantelle Airey.

He was a shy man but was afraid to ask her out, it was claimed in court at Preston, Lancashire.

But Miss Airey became ill with fear by his attentions and was forced to seek medical help for stress.

Magistrates have now ordered Dale not to go within a quarter of a mile of Miss Airey.

The case is being reported to the General Medical Council and Dale, an Edinburgh graduate who worked at Perth Royal Infirmary for a number of years, faces the possibility of being struck off.

Dale, originally from Perth, was seen repeatedly outside Miss Airey's house in Lancashire, the court was told.

He also waited at a health club she used and parked next to her where they both worked at Royal Preston Hospital. On one occasion he followed her when she went shopping and on another he put a letter on her car windscreen confessing his 'obsession'.

Dale admitted stalking her between July of last year and February this year.

However the court was told that his infatuation began as early as February 1996.

Paul Brook-well, prosecuting, said: 'Over a period of time she noticed that the doctor appeared at all the places where she was.

'Clearly a number of these may be coincidence, but there are so many occasions that this shows it goes beyond coincidence. …

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