A Conservative Councillor from Birmingham appeared in court yesterday to face allegations that he stalked and harassed his former partner.
Police confirmed that Cllr Simon Morrall had been charged with the offences last month, with the 34-year-old from Rednal, who represents the Frankley Great Park ward in the south of Birmingham, attending the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.
Morrall pleaded not guilty to one count of stalking without fear / alarm / distress and one count of harassment without violence.
Both charges state: “You pursued a course of conduct which amounted to stalking / harassment and which you knew or ought to have known amounted to the harassment of her in that you called her from different numbers, left voice messages, left letters and gifts.”
In a fresh statement he said: “I deny all the claims against me, which arise out of the breakdown of an intimate relationship I had with someone last year. I am thankful that the end of this matter is now in sight, with a court date set, allowing me to share my version of events, I would politely ask the public not to speculate online, in order for myself and the prosecution to have a fair and balanced hearing. Thank you.”
A trial is now set to take place at the same court on January 15 and is expected to last three days. Morrall was granted bail with conditions not to contact the complainant or enter her road. Cllr Morrall has been suspended from the Conservative party and currently sits as an independent.