Beauty queen tells of terror as stalker lunged at her for a kiss at Miss England

A beauty queen has revealed­ her terrifying ordeal at the hands of a stalker who grabbed her and tried to kiss her at the Miss England finals.

Twisted Jonathan Deal, 39, later turned up at Samantha Bumford’s new workplace, pinned her against a door and screamed at her for blocking him on Facebook .

The wannabe rapper had put Sam through three months of hell and she could not take any more.

She alerted police and, this week, he was jailed for six months.

In court, Sam, 25, was chilled to discover Deal had 19 previous convictions, including three prison sentences for similar offences against women since 2003.

She is now backing the Sunday People’s campaign for a national stalking register.

The reigning Miss Poole said: “I broke down in the court room when I heard his previous. I felt physically sick that this guy had got anywhere near me.

“Why wasn’t this monster ­behind bars? Once I knew his ­history I was so scared I couldn’t leave the house alone.

“If I’d known I’d have gone to the police sooner. I was so stressed I became ill and needed ­medication. It has ruined my life.”

Deal cornered Sam on her first day as a nursery manager in September, two days after she had blocked him on Facebook.

She took the step after he streamed a video telling followers he was auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent with a song “dedicated to his love for her”.

Despite the block, Deal – who raps under the stage name JAYD – used aliases to continue stalking the beauty queen.

She thought she was free of him but when she arrived at the school she wheard her name called out twice yet could not see anyone.

She said: “It was like a horror movie. He jumped out and grabbed me. I was terrified. It was fairly dark and he was yelling at me, shouting ‘unblock me’.”

Deluded Deal towered over Sam and grabbed her.

He bawled she had only done so well in the Miss England finals a week earlier because of him.

Sam said: “I was in floods of tears, shaking. I was petrified.”

Deal, of Bournemouth, Dorset, had stalked Sam to the Miss England finals in Nottingham and, on his trip to the city, told Facebook followers he was on a “quest to find” her.

He said: “She has stolen my heart, she’s the love of my life.”

Sam, now a trainee teacher, only discovered he was there when he rushed up after rehearsals and gave her a necklace.

She said: “I didn’t know what to do so I just put it on, as I didn’t want to cause a scene on what was an exciting day for me.”

He was forcibly removed from the stage area but posed as her ­boyfriend and was allowed to stay at the back.

When Sam finished in the top 20 he confronted her as she left the stage to celebrate.

She said: “I was startled by a glass smashing and when I span round he grabbed me. He told me how proud he was of me. He held me by the arms and body and then went in for a kiss on the lips.

“I screamed, pushed him away and ran towards my family.

“I was terrified. It happened so quickly and I wasn’t expecting it.

“It should’ve been a really happy occasion, but it really frightened me. Until then he’d been a real annoyance, but harmless. Now it had got a lot more sinister.”

That night Deal sent Sam a direct ­message with a photo of two ­random lovers at a London train station, along with a love heart.

She said: “He was saying to me: ‘Where are you? You left me… You looked really beautiful in your necklace.’

“I was ­really freaked out and didn’t know what to do.”

As an ex Miss Dorset and current Miss Poole, Sam was used to attention from Facebook fans.

But Deal was obsessive, sending waving emojis and making comments such as “you look lovely” when she posted photos.

In July he tracked her to the Sandfest music event on Sandbanks beaches in Poole and bounded over to introduce himself.

Sam said: “I thought he was bit weird but harmless enough. He was in my private space and gave me a hug. I said ‘Hi’ and had a photo with him.”

But the messages and emojis on Facebook became more frequent. He appeared at a networking event the next month and kept trying to grab her attention.

Sam said: “I could see him watching me out of the corner of my eye. I felt uncomfortable.

“He followed me around the room at a distance until I spoke to him.”

But when she agreed to look at merchandise he was promoting he began bombarding her with ­hundreds of Facebook messages.

He pitched up uninvited at about six other events Samantha was attending as a beauty queen.

At Bournemouth Air Show in September he tried to get to her in a VIP enclosure and waited five hours to talk to her.

Even after the school incident when he was charged with stalking he continued using aliases to ­follow her and her pals.

Police tried to arrest him for breaches to the conditions of a restraining order but he had given a false address to the court. Sam was given a panic phone.

This week, Deal was finally put behind bars, after pleading guilty last December to ­stalking between August 31 and September 10 last year.

Poole magistrates also ordered him not to contact Sam and her best friend again.

Magistrate Marion Mackay said: “The impact you have had on the victim has been very serious and you have had an impact on her mental state.”

Sam said: “It was awful in court. He was staring at me from the dock. It was such an evil look.

“I haven’t been able to sleep for months but the first night he was behind bars I slept like baby.

“But I’m already worrying about when he gets out.

“Police are trying to get these sickos off the streets and all the courts can do is give them six months and they’re back out to torment other women.”

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Sign the petition to save a life

The Sunday People is backing a petition for the Violent and Sexual Offender register to include serial stalkers too.

Without an effective means of monitoring, dangerous perpetrators with a history of stalking have been able to terrorise victims for too long.

The impact is devastating: psychological trauma, physical damage and loss of life. 

A register would let police keep tabs on serial stalkers and intervene quickly when they reoffend — saving lives.

DC Neil Causebrook — who investigated Deal — said: “I absolutely support this. It would be extremely helpful, enabling us to closely monitor those with a previous history.”

So far, 166,000 people have signed the petition. Add your name here .

We are also backing the Stalking Protection Bill to give police the power to apply for a Stalking Protection Order at an early stage… not waiting until it may be too late.

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