Matthew Taylor trial, 8 September 2020

In June 2020, Matthew Taylor pleaded not guilty when charged with stalking the Hampstead dad.

Taylor, who received a suspended sentence in 2018 for stalking Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, was found guilty at Brighton Magistrates on 8 September.

On 30 September he received his sentence:

  • 16 weeks in prison, suspended for two years;
  • 15 days of rehabilitation;
  • 200 hours of unpaid work;
  • Victim compensation of £1,000;
  • A victim surcharge of £122;
  • Court costs of £975.

Taylor is required to pay these fines within two weeks of sentencing.

In addition, the magistrates handed down a restraining order which prevents him from contacting or mentioning the Hampstead dad on social media, online, in print, or in any other fashion, for two years.

This came on the heels of a stalking protection order, issued 21 April 2020, preventing him from contacting PCC Bourne’s solicitor, and requiring him to remove all his posts about her from the internet.