In the courts today, a girl identified only as Mary was granted an injunction against an ovine minor who cannot be named for legal reasons.
"Everywhere I went, he was there, right behind me. He referred to himself as my little lamb, even though I'd never even spoken to him", said Mary in her victim impact statement. She suffers nightmares as a result of the stalking and no longer feels able to go out alone.
However, defence counsel read out a nursery rhyme in court which he claimed was proof of "a long-standing mutual affection between the two parties". The lamb in his evidence claimed this only soured when Mary met someone else and his presence became an embarrassment.
The prosecution described the lamb's evidence as a “textbook example of the self-deceiving mental pathology of the stalker”, and claimed the rhyme was the work of a” well-known public relations guru”, hired at great cost by the defence.
The judge warned the lamb that any breach of the injunction would lead to a sentence of up to one year in an adult prison where, he assured him, his fleece would not long remain "white as snow".