A spurned Mayfair art gallery manager has been handed a restraining order after following his ex-girlfriend from the UK to Australia to where he bumped into her on the beach.
Jan Navratil, 35, had a six-month relationship with veterinary nurse Sophie Davis, which she ended in December after he stole her passport as she recovered from an operation.
After the split Ms Davis took a 10,000-mile trip to her native Australia, and while on a beach in Sydney on March 2 she spotted her former lover walking towards her only for Navratil to pretend he didn’t see her.
Back in the UK, the jilted shipping and bond manager at London’s Halcyon Gallery appeared again – this time on the bus as she travelled to work earlier this month.
After trying to sit next to her on both the top and bottom deck, Czech-born Navratil claimed he was trying to return a hairdryer.
He also bombarded Ms Davis, of Cheam in south London, with text messages, which included photographs of him wearing her clothes.
Appearing at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Navratil of Colliers Wood was banned from making any contact with his ex-partner and received a community order meaning he will have to wear an electronic tag for three months to ensure he sticks to a home curfew.
Ms Davis had moved in with Navratil while recovering from surgery, but reported him to the police for taking her passport and checked into Wimbledon’s Antoinette Hotel.
Prosecuting, Dami Eninola told magistrates: “Four hours later she started receiving messages that he was going to kill himself and received a picture of the hotel from the defendant saying he wanted to be close to her.
“She received multiple messages throughout the night and he later sent a picture of himself wearing her clothing.”
Navratil says this was simply a unisex t-shirt and was an item of clothing they shared when living together.
“When she attended a medical appointment near Buckingham Palace she received a picture of the building and a message from the defendant saying: ‘I feel close to you’.
“She said she felt he was following her that day and later when travelling to Australia he was waiting for her, wearing a backpack, when she left the ladies toilet at the airport.”
The couple had booked the Australia trip – travelling a week apart – when they were together.
Ms Davis decided to fly Down Under, knowing Navratil’s flight was to Melbourne – more than 500 miles from Sydney.
But Miss Eniola said: “On March 2, she went to the beach in Sydney and saw the defendant waking along the path towards her. She confronted him, but he pretended he did not see her.
Ms Davis found herself in hospital again while in Australia, where she had started talking to another man on Facebook. Navratil accessed her account and monitored her messages.
Having returned to the UK a month later, Miss Eniola said: “Ms Davis received multiple messages that he wanted to be with her and on April 3 he boarded her 93 bus as she travelled to work.
“He tried to sit next to her and she shouted at him to get off the bus and he followed her downstairs and tried to sit next to her again.”
When she arrived at work Ms Davis called the police and Navratil was arrested.
“He said he was distressed and could not sleep and got pills from his doctor,” the prosecutor added.
“He said he missed her and was angry that she left him. He said he had seen her in Australia, but that was accidental and they spoke for thirty minutes and she gave him a hug even thought at first she was not pleased to see him.
“He said he only wanted to giver her hairdryer back on the bus and apologise, but she did not take it well. He admitted taking the passport as an excuse to see her again.
“He went into her Facebook daily to read her messages and said he was very embarrassed he did that. He said he did not want to scare her and would not contact her again.”
In a statement, Ms Davis told police: “He took it very hard. When I was in intensive care I think he thought this shared experience brought us together.
“I tried to end the relationship in December, but felt responsible for his mental instability.
“When taking my suitcase outside he secretly took my passport to have a bargaining tool to later meet up. He repeatedly threatened his life and said I had destroyed his.
“My sadness turned to concern for myself, I have been anxious and have not been able to sleep properly.
“I feel it has put me back in a dark place and it has sadly impacted my life. I’d love to move forward and not have to look over my shoulder.
“I’m sad it has come to this, but it is necessary.”
Navratil’s lawyer Miss Danielle Burns told the court: “He wants to express his remorse and apologise to Miss Davis.
“When she went to Australia he thought he was not going to see her again and it was too tempting not to check up on what she was doing in Australia.”
Jan Navratil, 35, of Fleming Mead, Colliers Wood received a four-month community order, which includes a three-month tagged home curfew between 9pm and 6am when he appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.
He was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order prohibiting any contact with Ms Davis and was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to stalking his former lover between February 7 and April 3, 2018.
District Judge Barbara Barnes told Navratil: “This is serious and we have all heard her personal statement and the effect your behaviour had on her.
“If you repeat this sort of behaviour you put yourself at risk of a custodial sentence.”