Daniella Todorova-Besarbova, 52, leaves Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court yesterday
A woman doctor’s life was made a ‘misery’ by a female dentist who became besotted with her and wanted to be her lover, a court heard yesterday.
Cosmetic dentist Daniella Todorova-Besarbova, 52, was married and had never had a lesbian relationship – but she became fixated with her fellow medic and began stalking her, Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court was told.
Bulgarian-born Todorova-Besarbova, of Longford, Gloucester, pleaded not guilty to stalking the married mother at various locations in Gloucestershire, causing her ‘serious alarm or distress’.
Her behaviour allegedly had an ‘adverse effect’ on the doctor’s usual day-to-day activities because she was monitoring her activities and making unwanted contact with her.
The stalking was said to have continued for 22 months from December 2015 to September last year – and included Todorova-Besarbova moving home at one stage to live only about 100 to 200 yards away from the doctor.
A collection of pictures of the doctor was found on the dentist’s computer when she was arrested and she had been been researching stalking laws, the court heard.
A two-day trial was due to begin yesterday but at the last moment the prosecution offered not to proceed with the case if Todorova-Besarbova would accept an indefinite restraining order banning her from contacting her alleged victim.
Cosmetic dentist Todorova-Besarbova was married and had never had a lesbian relationship – but she became fixated with her fellow medic and began stalking her, the court heard
Through her solicitor, Kirsty Gordon-Cleaver, the defendant accepted the restraining order and agreed not to go near the alleged victim’s home or workplace.
Todorova-Besarbova was told by magistrates ‘You cannot make someone else’s life a misery again.’ She replied: ‘I understand.’
Making the order, the magistrates warned her: ‘This was a extremely serious allegation. You need to be very aware that if you breach this restraining order in any way you will be arrested and brought back to court.
‘You need to understand the number of years you could serve in custody should you end up back in this court or the crown court.’
Matthew Jackson, prosecuting, said Todorova-Besarbova and her alleged victim met professionally in 2014.
‘The relationship was entirely professional and appropriate,’ he said. ‘But towards the end of 2015 the defendant asked the complainant to go for a coffee with her.
‘That was declined. A Facebook friends request then appeared from the defendant to the complainant. Several Facebook messages were also sent by the defendant.
‘On April 28, 2016 the defendant told the complainant she was going back to Bulgaria to get a divorce.
‘She asked questons about the doctor’s personal life, whether she was happy etc. She again asked her to go for a coffee with her and this was again declined.’
Mr Jackson said Todorova-Besarbova met the doctor again on May 13 that year and ‘produced a love letter which she handed over for the complainant’s consideration’.
A two-day trial was due to begin at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court (file picture) yesterday
In the letter she said she had agreed divorce terms with her husband and would be free in three months, adding ‘I will wait for you.’
The dentist wrote ‘You are the only person I have ever wanted to spend my life with. I have never been in love with a woman before. You are the first in my life. Love Daniella.’
The doctor made it clear she did not want to see the defendant socially, said the prosecutor.’The defendant became very upset, saying this would break her heart.’
Mr Matthews said that in July 2016, Todorova-Besarbova sat in her car outside the doctor’s workplace in the Cotswolds for five hours.
When the doctor finally left she was shocked to be approached by Todorova-Besarbova, who walked up and spoke to her.
The doctor warned the defendant she should not be contacting her – but then in March last year Todorova-Besarbova turned up outside her home address and spoke to the doctor, who was in her car.
Todorova-Besarbova appeared again outside the alleged victim’s home in September last year and again spoke to her when she was in her car.
The doctor immediately drove away, said Mr Matthews.
‘There were further occasions when the defendant was observed outside the complainant’s house by neighbours,’ he added.
‘On one of those occasions a neighbour noted that the defendant arrived outside the house at 9.30am and stayed till 3pm.’
Later, he said, the shocked doctor discovered that Todorova-Besarbova had moved to an address just 100 to 200 yards away from her.
At that stage police were notified by the doctor and Todorova-Besarbova was arrested and her home searched.
‘A lot of material was found in her home relating to the complainant,’ Mr Matthews said. ‘A note the defendant had written was found.
‘It said “I am still in love with you. I would never do anything to harm you. I will be waiting for you.”
Also found was a narrative account Todorova-Besarbova had written of how they first met and all their meetings since,.
Todorova-Besarbova described how she had ‘gazed’ at the doctor and first discovered the colour of her eyes.
Several images of the doctor were found on Todorova-Besarbova’s computer. There was also a bookmark about UK stalking laws as well as several Facebook searches for the doctor’s name.
For several months Todorova-Besarbova had looked at the doctor’s Facebook almost every day.
Mr Matthews said the complainant had made a statement saying she felt ‘extremely shocked and disturbed’ when Todorova-Besarbova first professed her love for her.
She was left feeling upset and anxious when she realised Todorova-Besarbova may have been stalking her, the court was told.
It had affected her work and caused her and her husband to take extra security measures with both social media and the electoral register, she added.
‘I have become vigilant and wary when leaving my home or driving to work. I have become irritable and upset with my husband and children.
‘I have had nightmares, including one about finding the defendant in my home. I still do not understand what led her to fixate on me.
‘I wonder now if I should be less approachable and open than I usually am. I do not feel that this woman will stop stalking me. I will not feel safe unless there is a robust and indefinite injunction to protect myself and my family from her.’