Love-struck Belsize Park foot doctor faces jail after harassing colleague for four years
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A Hampstead foot doctor may be jailed after bombarding her married colleague with 400 love letters and then accusing him of harassing her.
Anuradha Megpara, a 53-year-old Podiatrist from Belsize Park, fell in love with surgeon Dr Darryll Baker after they worked together at The Royal Free Hospital.
As her infatuation grew, Megpara repeatedly sent notes to Dr Baker’s private clinic at Wellington Hospital - inundating him and his secretary with romantic correspondence.
The letters, often hand-delivered, contained details about their “marriage”, shared home, Megpara’s wedding dress and even contained her passport.
Dr Baker initially ignored the correspondence but was eventually forced to go to police after Megpara attempted, bizarrely, to take out a restraining order against him.
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Dr Baker today told the court: “The persistence of the letters and cards over several years were not themselves a major upset. There was no threat to my family - my main concern was whether this was going to be escalated and affect my professional integrity.
“I started to get more concerned when I started getting household records sent through because we were apparently moving in together. She sent her passport and I forwarded it to the passport office.
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“It really became serious when she took out the restraining order against me - it was only at that stage I thought I had to do something about this. I just want it to stop.”
Following the police complaint, Megpara was handed an official harassment warning but continued to send another 30 cards and letters expressing her love.
She was later charged with harassment in September 2015.
Prosecutor Sue Obeney said: “This is a matter which has caused considerable stress to the complainant and this lady has been a nuisance to him over four years or more.
“She took it upon herself to correspond with him on subjects through cards and by virtue of the number and continuing nature of them they had become extremely worrying.
“They are mostly professions of love for him although there are mentions of his mother and one card said ‘I hate your mother’. The cards came to him by post or hand delivery so she has visited his place of work.”
Chair Catherine Harris said: “This wasn’t a small number of incidents, this was an extensive number of communications sent over an extensive period of time.
“The communications continued after a harassment warning was put in place.”
Megpara, who admitted the charges, faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison or an unlimited fine.
She has been released on bail until the sentencing on April 5.