A Mayfair art gallery boss has been banned from seeing his ex-girlfriend after flying 10,000 miles to stalk her on an Australian beach.
Jan Navratil, 35, also tracked veterinary nurse Sophie Davis to a medical appointment and a hotel and logged into her Facebook account after she ended their six-month relationship.
While Ms Davis was on holiday in her native Australia she was shocked to see Navratil on a Sydney beach, Wimbledon magistrates heard yesterday.
The court heard that Czech-born Navratil, the shipping and bond manager at the Halcyon Gallery in Bond Street, and Ms Davis lived together before the relationship soured when she moved to the Antoinette Hotel in Wimbledon. “Four hours later, she started receiving messages that he was going to kill himself,” said prosecutor Dami Eniola.
After they split up, Ms Davis went on holiday to Australia and Miss Eniola said: “She went to the beach and saw the defendant waking along the path towards her. She confronted him, but he pretended he did not see her.”
Navratil initially insisted the encounter in Australia was accidental. Danielle Burns, defending, said: “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.”
Navratil, from Colliers Wood, admitted stalking between February and April this year. District Judge Barbara Barnes warned him he could be jailed if he continued to pursue Ms Davis and imposed an indefinite restraining order and a three-month 9pm-6am curfew.