A stalker who followed a wealthy businessman’s daughter for months from London to Scotland before posting a picture outside her family estate faces jail today.
Alexander Rodrigo Kaliszewski, 34, tailed architecture student Honor Weatherall between January and August 2020.
He travelled to her family home near Dumfries on 13 June 2020, then posted a photo of ruins on her family estate with the caption ‘Just going to chill up near this ruin until I get bored’.
Ms Weatherall told her parents her stalker had followed her from London, and her father confronted Kaliszewski and arranged for him to be driven back to the train station.
Ms Weatherall’s extended family control the conglomerate Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited.
Her father Percy Weatherall has been on the board of directors of Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited, a multi-billion dollar Hong Kong-based retail group.
The architecture student felt in ‘grave danger’ after being stalked by Kaliszewski for months.
After reading reports District Judge John Zani said: ‘I do not see genuine remorse. I am disturbed that there was a change of plea on the day of trial.
‘The effect on this victim is substantial. He is not an unintelligent man, he knows the difference between right and wrong, and I am minded to send this to the crown court.
‘I am astonished that it is only now that he fully understands the position of this victim.
Alexander Rodrigo Kaliszewski, 34, tailed architecture student Honor Weatherall for months
Marina Hacking, Honor Weatherall and Idina May Moncreiffe attend the launch of Stella Tennant and Isabella Cawdor’s collection
‘He is a 34-year-old man who is taking these decisions.’
Kaliszewski tried to speak from the dock, when District Judge Zani said: ‘Please do not interrupt me, unless you want me to remand you in custody.
‘This was a persistent period of stalking that went on for six months.
‘This is not a case, in my view, I do not consider court’s sentencing powers sufficient.’
District Judge Zani committed Kaliszewski to Isleworth Crown Court for sentencing on a date to be fixed.
Kaliszewski later breached a stalking prevention order on 2 June 2021 by liking photos on Ms Weatherall’s Instagram page while he was on bail.
Prosecutor Alex Alawode said: ‘The defendant was messaged by the defendant’s boyfriend, the defendant described being in a relationship with her, and he was considering moving to New York with her once she got a job there.’
In a statement read to the court, Ms Weatherall said: ‘Due to sleepless nights and constant worry, my work at university has suffered.
Alexander Rodrigo Kaliszewski, 34, bombarded Honor Weatherall, 24, with messages on social media
Her father Percy Weatherall has been on the board of directors of Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited, a multi-billion dollar Hong Kong-based retail group, and he owns the Mandarin Oriental
‘Now, producing the level of work I want has been much more difficult.
‘When I’m in London, I fear being alone.
‘I also fear strangers coming up to me in the street, even if they are just asking for directions.’
Prosecutor Jonathan Bryan said during an earlier hearing: ‘She became aware that the defendant posted about her in 2019, although she had never met him.
‘Ms Weatherall had posted, and in response he responded to that, and Ms Weatherall, without thinking, answered. That was on Facebook.
‘Throughout January and February he made contact, or attempted to make contact, on Instagram, and there are a series of Instagram posts on 26 August.’
In the posts Kaliszewski said ‘I shall not be a pest’, and that the situation was ‘far out’.
Kaliszewski made 10 Instagram profiles to contact Ms Weatherall, but she blocked all of them.
Mr Bryan continued: ‘She did not know him, she had never met him, and she has in no way encouraged his contact.
‘She received an Instagram message from Mr Kaliszewski, what concerned her is the photo, which is that it was her home.
‘She told her parents about it, she had never told them about the stalker at all.
‘Her father went out and when he went to the spot where the photo was taken, Mr Kaliszewski stepped out from a bush.
‘He had travelled to Scotland and walked five miles from the station to their home.
‘Mr Weatherall made it clear in no uncertain terms that his contact was unwelcome.’
Ms Weatherall later spotted Kaliszewski in a London cafe while having breakfast with her mother and a friend.
Mr Bryan, reading from the young woman’s statement, said: ‘After 30 minutes I saw someone out of the corner of my eye.
‘He was sat facing away from my table, I saw him look at me and then turn away from us.
‘For five minutes I just sat there and didn’t say anything.
‘I told my mother, she stood up and went to the cafe to ask about the man.
‘The defendant stood up with his dog on a leash and came over to me, and said ‘Hello there.’
‘After 30 seconds or so he then walked off, his body language had been awkward but sort of confident.’
Kaliszewski had also sent her photos of her parent’s flat taken from street level.
Mr Bryan continued: ‘He has used a picture of the Starship Enterprise and said: ‘Boldly going where no man has gone before, Honor’s bedroom!’, and a photo of her parents’ flat where bedroom would have been.’
Moira Macfarlane, for Kaliszewksi, told the court he genuinely believed Honor was encouraging him to contact her.
Ms Weatherall also posted a screenshot from the 1963 Bond film Dr No on her Instagram page, which Kaliszewski believed to be a reference to his Spotify playlist of songs from the same film.
This occurred on the same day Ms Weatherall’s boyfriend, posing as a friend of the victim, messaged Kaliszewski to congratulate him on their engagement, and asked for his address so he could ostensibly send flowers.
Ms MacFarlane said: ‘I think Mr Kaliszewski became aware that his thought processes are not aligned with the general public.
‘Honor’s boyfriend sent messages to the defendant posing as a friend offering congratulations on their engagement, and asking for his address so he could send them flowers.’
‘He has seen some of her actions as encouragement, because by her own admission when she sees him in the street, she hasn’t said ‘I do not want you to contact me’.’
Ms Weatherall earlier said in a statement read at Westminster Magistrates’ Court: ‘Each incident has had a profound effect on me. I’m usually a confident, headstrong person.
‘I was left terrified and almost helpless.
‘In London he approached me outside my flat. I felt fear and shock and just wanted to end the interaction as soon as possible.
‘The whole experience has made me change the way I live my life.
‘A total stranger persistently and forcefully writing you messages, following you, taking photos of your home and potentially putting you in grave danger will affect the way you live your life.
‘I fear being on my own.
‘I feel the need to let another person where I will be and how long I will be gone for.
‘My parents will vouch that for the fact that in the two and a half months I was at home I was not feeling myself.
‘I’m usually an incredibly independent person and now I feel incredible dependent on them.
‘The idea I was the one to make the alteration to my life due to the horrific actions of another human being with no understanding of his true impact felt very unfair.
‘I had to close off my social accounts.’
Kaliszewski, of Longridge Road, Kensington, admitted stalking involving serious alarm or distress between 26 January 2020 and 4 August 2020.
He appeared in the dock today at Westminster Magistrates’ Court wearing a cream jumper and dark grey trousers.
According to the charge his conduct amounted to stalking and caused Ms Weatherall ‘serious alarm or distress, which had a substantial adverse effect on her usual day-to-day activities when you knew or ought to have known that your course of conduct would cause alarm or distress to her on each occasion in that you sent many communications and attended her residences many times’.
Kaliszewski was released on bail on the condition he does not contact Ms Weatherall, her parents Clara and Percy, or any witnesses for the prosecution ahead of his sentencing.