A spurned Morden woman who stalked a married man and his wife for three years after he rejected her advances has been issued with a restraining order.

Jennifer Tulloch, 48, made the couple's life hell after the husband, 41, declined her advances when she told him that she loved him.

Deluded Tulloch followed them, bombarded the husband with hundreds of text messages and emails, continually drove past their home and even confronted the wife, also 48, outside a pub.

The couple's ordeal began in September 2015, when Tulloch befriended the husband.

But at the start of 2016 he noticed that she was trying to become more involved in his life – sending him messages, emails, joining the same clubs as him and attending the same events.

In July 2016, Tulloch told him that she was in love with him, but he rejected her advances and told his wife.

Three days later the couple asked Tulloch to make no further contact with them.

They did not hear from her again for two months, but then Tulloch sent several "rambling" emails to the husband out of the blue.

He replied and told her that she shouldn't contact him again.

The couple also contacted the police who decided that a First Instance Harassment Warning would be issued to Tulloch.

A few months later in January 2017, the wife noticed that Tulloch was following her on a couple of occasions.

In early August that year, Tulloch twice confronted the wife outside a pub in Wimbledon and shouted at her.

Tulloch was removed by door staff, but returned a short while later and began shouting at the wife again before being taken away by security.

Later that month Tulloch sent an email to the husband talking about her worries for her future and feelings for him.

A year later, in September 2018, the couple again contacted police after Tulloch made continued car journeys past their house.

Detevtives began to investigate and found that Tulloch had driven past the couple's house 14 times in just two hours.

Between mid-July 2018 and mid-September 2018, the husband received around 1,300 text messages to his phone from Tulloch. But he refused to reply to any of them.

Tulloch was finally arrested on October 11 last year and taken to a south London police station.

A mental health assessment was carried out and Tulloch was sectioned. She was bailed to return for interview and taken to hospital for further assessment.

She was interviewed five times between October and December last year and admitted the facts of the offence, but claimed that all her actions were "justified" and that there was no intention to stalk either of the victims.

Tulloch was found guilty of stalking last month at Kingston Crown Court.

She was sentenced yesterday (MON) to a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation requirement of 20 days and 80-hours of unpaid work. She was also given a five-year restraining order.

Police Constable James Brevitt, who led the investigation, said: “Throughout this ongoing case, the husband continually told Tulloch that he did not have feelings for her and that he did not want to be with her.

"Both victims continually told the defendant at every opportunity that they wanted nothing to do with her and to stop contacting them.

"They made no conscious attempts to make any form of contact with Tulloch since September 2016 when police issued the defendant a Harassment warning.

“Despite this, Tulloch continued to try to involve herself in the lives of the victims though direct and indirect means. This has been a continuing effort on Tulloch’s part.”

Detective Constable David Tate, of the Met’s Stalking Threat Assessment Centre, added: “Whilst a significant percentage of stalking is committed by men against women, this case really highlights that anyone can become a victim of stalking.

"The Met would encourage anyone who feels they may be the victim of stalking to tell us about it – we take all reports of stalking seriously.

“Anyone who believes they are the current victim of stalking should contact the police by calling 101 or reporting it online. It can also be reported to charities such as the Suzy Lamplugh Trust."