By Abdul Tukur
A woman who was jailed for stalking former England defender Rio Ferdinand is to face trial after trying to contact him again.
In 2011, Susan Okoya was jailed for 10-weeks and a restraining order was put to stop her from contacting the football star and his family – who are known to still live in Peckham.
The 44-year-old from Bournemouth who gave her name as Susanne Ibru in court, allegedly breached the order which restricted her from entering any London borough or contacting Mr Ferdinand and will return to Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on October 6 for trial.
She was charged with making indirect contact with Mr Ferdinand after referencing him in a text message she sent to his personal trainer.
In the text she sent to Teddington-based ex-rugby pro Mel Deane, Mrs Ibru said “payment” for the training session should be made by the former footballer.
Prosecutors then argued that “the fact the text messages have been sent, even third party, we say is indirect contact. We say she will continue now to do it.”
Mrs Ibru denies the allegation, saying that her hairdresser and children are in London. She said: “It wasn’t my intention to to contact a third party to get in contact with him.”