Love-struck goth attacked boss with hammer after she sent her text with kiss

A love-struck Goth became “obsessed” with her boss after she sent a text message with signed off with an 'x' at the end – leading her to form a murder plot.

Noami Wheeler misinterpreted text messages Heather Wilkinson sent to all her staff which she always ended with a kiss and bombarded her with calls and text messages.

The 31-year-old even went so far as to sending a card with her “scent on it” during a terrifying stalking campaign, York Crown Court heard.

The court heard Ms Wilkinson was a well-liked cleaner manager at the holiday park where Wheeler had worked since April 2018.

For the first year there was no problem with Wheeler’s work or behaviour and her manager Ms Wilkinson “looked after her”.

But then Wheeler began misinterpreting text messages from her boss.

Prosecutor Gerald Hendron said: “Wheeler thought that was Ms Wilkinson wanting to be more intimate with her.

“Wheeler told one member of staff that she was in love with Ms Wilkinson.”

The staff member relayed this to Ms Wilkinson who maintained a professional relationship with Wheeler but otherwise tried to avoid her.

By 2020, Wheeler's “infatuation” with Ms Wilkinson turned into an “obsession” and she began bombarding her victim with text messages, asking if she could return to work at the holiday park.

Ms Wilkinson ignored the texts and did not hear from her again until March 2021, when she was inundated with “nasty” texts and Facebook messages.

The defendant had been referred to a clinical psychologist to “work with her on relationships and help manage her emotions” but allegedly told the psychiatrist she planned to kill Ms Wilkinson by “stoving her head in.”

Reports say she made “detailed plans" including doing Google searches, drawing maps and picking out a murder weapon.

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The court heard she'd been “obsessing over her ex-teacher for 14 years” who she also planned to “hammer to death.” h

The teacher, who now worked at a university, had taught Wheeler when she was at secondary school.

Mr Hendron told the court: “She said it was her intention to carry out these attacks when she had finished the appointment."

The psychiatrist told her to wait in his room while he called police but when he returned, she had disappeared.

Wheeler left the building and went looking for Ms Wilkinson at the Blue Dolphin Holiday Park in Filey, North Yorkshire., with a hammer insider her bag.

Wheeler ran at her with the hammer and was about to strike when another staff member appeared and took her to the ground.

The witness claims Wheeler told him: “I told my psychiatrist I was coming to kill Heather. They didn’t believe me.”

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She was taken to Scarborough Police Station and seen by a psychiatric nurse who she told “once she gets out of here, no-one is safe”.

Wheeler admitted to charges of stalking, making threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon as she appeared for sentencing via video link on Friday.

Recorder Simon Kealey QC said Wheeler was a danger to the public and her behaviour had had a “very serious psychological effect on both your victims”.

She was jailed for four years and ordered to serve an extended two-year period on licence upon her eventual release from prison.

Wheeler was also slapped with a lifetime restraining order banning her from contacting the two victims and going to their homes or workplaces.

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