Birmingham stalker Ryan Dey jailed after ex's suicide
- 25 April 2014
- From the section Birmingham & Black Country
A woman jumped to her death from a motorway bridge after living in "fear and torment" of her ex-boyfriend who was stalking her, a court heard.
Kamaljit Sidhu, 29, was subjected to a "sustained campaign of harassment" by Ryan Dey, after she finished with him, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
Dey, of Oldbury in the West Midlands, had earlier admitted stalking Ms Sidhu, who died on the M6 last October.
Ms Sidhu's family described Dey, who was jailed for two years, as "evil".
The court was told Ms Sidhu's friends were also threatened by Dey.
In the run up to her death, Ms Sidhu, 29, of Oldbury, had made comments on social media about how scared she was of him.
The lorry driver had been seeing her for up to 18 months when she tried to end the relationship in the month she died, West Midlands Police said.
Dey had refused to accept her decision and threatened her, contacted her friends and searched various locations in Birmingham trying to find her.
On the night she died, Ms Sidhu tried to call her parents but they had disconnected their phone because Dey had been calling them so much.
The court heard, she left a message on a bottle of Dove moisturiser saying: "I love you all. I just got weak, I'm sorry.", before jumping off the bridge at Great Barr on 25 October.
Speaking after the sentencing, Ms Sidhu's mother Sarbjit said: "Does Ryan Dey really realise the damage he has inflicted on my beloved Kam, me and my family?
"Ryan Dey is evil, he is a bully and a coward and had put my daughter through hell with his control and abuse and will never be forgiven for what he has caused."
She said the police and legal system need to be trained and understand more deeply how to deal with similar situations.
'Deeply upsetting case'
"My Kam suffered in silence and no one else should do the same, " she added.
Ms Sidhu's sister, Narinder Dhillon, told BBC News the sentence was not long enough.
"We strongly believe he should have got the maximum five-year sentence," she said.
"He stalked her really to her death. It's disgusting.
"What kind of message does that send out to the other women out there who are being stalked?"
Det Ch Insp Kim Madill said it had been a "difficult, challenging and deeply upsetting" case.
"One can only imagine the fear and torment that Dey must have put her through to take such a course of action," she said.
"Even though this conviction cannot bring Kamaljit back, hopefully the fact that Dey has admitted his crimes and is now facing a spell in prison will come as some comfort to her grieving family."