Mum stalked by ex-husband who fitted GPS tracker on her car



Stuart Carless, 46, subjected his wife Victoria Miles, 46, to three months of harassment (Picture: SWNS)

A mother who was stalked by her ex-husband has spoken out about her ordeal following his release from prison earlier this month.

Electrician Stuart Carless, 46, subjected his wife Victoria Miles, 46, to three months of harassment, bombarding her with calls and texts after she ended their 14-year marriage in September 2018, convinced she was talking to other men.

But his obsession took a more sinister turn when Victoria, who shares a 14-year-old son with Stuart, received a notification from Amazon informing her a GPS car tracker would be delivered that day to their in Denbighshire, Wales.

Wanting to be certain before going to the police, Victoria, a nurse, later went to a local garage check out her car, where they found the fitted tracker.

By coincidence, a CID officer was there at the same time and advised her to remove it with gloves and place it in a sealed envelope before taking it to the police.

Wanting to be certain before going to the police, Victoria, a nurse, later went to a local garage check out her car, where they found the fitted tracker (Picture: SWNS)
Mother Victoria Miles, 46, who was stalked by her ex-husband (Picture: SWNS)
By coincidence, a CID officer was there at the same time and advised her to remove it with gloves and place it in a sealed envelope before taking it to the police (Picture: SWNS)

Carless was arrested and later pleaded guilty to stalking his wife at Mold Crown Court in January 2019.

Despite being jailed for 14 months, Stuart was released on April 5, just over three months into his sentence, leaving Victoria living in fear of bumping into her obsessed ex.

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Victoria said: ‘It’s hard to believe that all of this happened to me and it doesn’t even feel real sometimes.

‘My life has been completely shattered – I could never have guessed that things would end this way.’

Victoria first met Stuart in an online chatroom in November 2003.

She said: ‘Within three months he had moved in and I was pregnant with our son. He was self-employed at the time and had no friends, so his world completely revolved around us.’

But cracks began to show early on in the relationship, and by September 2018, feeling stifled and unhappy with the marriage, she finally decided to call it a day, hoping for an amicable split.

Victoria moved in with a friend nearby in mid-October and ‘felt like a massive weight had been lifted’.

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However, she soon started receiving a flurry of calls, often from withheld numbers.

Victoria said: ‘It was constant and I knew it was him from the start.

‘He seemed completely fixated on the idea that I was on WhatsApp chatting to other men.’

Victoria changed her iCloud account that she’d previously shared with Stuart, starting to worry, and checked her joint bank account with Stuart – only to find it cleaned out.

‘I called and asked what he was doing and he immediately transferred half back, but he wouldn’t give me any straight answers and just denied being the person behind all the calls,’ Victoria said.

Carless was arrested and later pleaded guilty to stalking his wife at Mold Crown Court in January 2019 (Picture: SWNS)
Victoria said: ‘It was constant and I knew it was him from the start’ (Picture: SWNS)
Starting to grow more concerned with Stuart’s behaviour, Victoria changed her number and bought a pay as you go sim card (Picture: SWNS)

Victoria was signed off of work with stress in late October, after Stuart started calling her friend Julie’s mobile and house numbers.

When Victoria stopped answering the calls and ignoring the texts, her ex-husband took the harassment up a level, taking to following her.

She said: ‘I didn’t really think he’d just give up, but soon after I’d blocked the calls, I saw him out and about.

‘Julie and I would drive to Tesco and turn the corner from her road in the car and suddenly he’d be there. He followed behind us and I was paranoid the whole time, looking over my shoulder for him.’

Starting to grow more concerned with Stuart’s behaviour, Victoria changed her number and bought a pay as you go sim card.

But she was stunned to find he had locked her out of her email account the next day – and to verify the account she needed to input her new phone number.

‘It meant that he had a number to reach me on, and the endless ‘no caller ID’ calls started up again straight away – and the WhatsApp verification codes,’ Victoria said.

‘I called Microsoft and explained the situation, wanting to remove him from my account, but there wasn’t much they could do.’

On Facebook, messages she had never read appeared opened, and Victoria realised he had access to the majority of her accounts.

Stuart soon started sending her letters – all begging her not to give up on their marriage, and continuing to guilt her over her son.

Wanting advice on how to handle the situation, she called the police and they issued Stuart with a warning – but it made little difference.

On November 25, she received an alert on her phone from Amazon, notifying her that an order for a GPS vehicle tracker was out for delivery.

Wanting to catch Stuart in the act, she allowed him to charge her car, a Mini Countryman, outside the house as usual when she went to see their son that evening.

On November 25, she received an alert on her phone from Amazon, notifying her that an order for a GPS vehicle tracker was out for delivery (Picture: SWNS)

‘Andy [her brother] went outside with him as I hadn’t been able to fill him in, so that must have scuppered his plan to put the tracker on,’ Victoria explained.

‘I was alone in Jane’s house a few days later when I started getting explicit pictures and sexual messages on WhatsApp.

‘I responded to say if they didn’t stop I’d be in touch with the police – obviously I knew it was Stuart.’

Victoria decided to file for divorce and went to her old house to get their marriage certificate, but found a far more sinister item.

Inside a drawer was an empty SIM card packet – matching the number that had been harassing her on Whatsapp.

She later took her car to a local garage and they were able to take a clear picture of the tracker, which had now been placed underneath.

Stuart was arrested that night and warned not to go near or contact his ex-wife – something he almost immediately ignored.

Victoria said: ‘I got a Christmas card a few days later from him with a letter inside. He said he knew it was wrong to get in touch but he was taking a chance.

‘I called the police again. I felt bad, but I was worried he’d do something to me and didn’t want to take any chances.’

Stuart was re-arrested and appeared at Llandudno Magistrates Court for section 4a stalking.

‘I didn’t know if he’d be released again so I was worried, but I went back home with my son and changed the locks,’ Victoria said.

‘I’d been supported by an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, Annie, throughout the process and she called to let me know he’d been remanded.

‘I just broke down. It was hard to take it all in.’

Stuart appeared at Mold Crown Court in January 2019, pleading guilty to stalking his wife between October and December 2018. He was jailed for 14 months.

Stuart served a quarter of his sentence and was released on Friday 3rd April, and will be on tag until July.

‘I’m not scared of him, just of the unknown,’ Victoria said. ‘But I do struggle. I have anxiety, I need sleeping tablets, I’m very isolated. Life is very hard.

‘It was purely coincidental that I got the Amazon notification and met the CID officer – maybe someone is watching over me. If not, I might even be dead by now.’





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