Embarrassed ex-PvdA councillor, 75, is spared prison
An embarrassed ex-Labour councilor who ran a terrifying stalking campaign against a sex worker and then set her massage parlor on fire in a jealous rage at seeing other clients has been spared jail.
Keith Moore, 75, was a member of the Goole and East Riding Councils and was an NHS executive on the boards of North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
Moore began stalking the woman after he became jealous and possessive of seeing other customers. He had been a client who regularly visited her at home when the massage parlor was closed due to Covid.
His terror campaign included tracking the woman, sending threatening messages and pouring bottles containing diesel or oil according to staff into the doorway of the massage parlor in Hull, East Yorkshire.
After tossing the bottles into the doorway of the massage parlor, he called through the phone, “Do you like the package I left in your doorway?”
Moore also wrote his victim a letter before leaving the diesel and oil in the doorway, warning, “You’re getting the booking out of hell.”
He later poured what was allegedly gasoline outside the door of the massage parlor before setting it on fire.
The 75-year-old escaped after setting the inferno that scorched and damaged the door. Fortunately, the place was closed and no one was inside.
Keith Moore (pictured) began stalking the woman after he became jealous and possessive of seeing other customers
Dale Brook continued the case, telling Hull Crown Court that Moore “wanted to know where the woman was all the time” and assumed she was seeing other customers.
The 75-year-old used public payphones and disguised his voice when he called the sex worker on her cell phone so she wouldn’t know who was threatening her.
Moore’s phone calls and the repeated incidents terrified the woman and her colleagues, and Mr Brook said she was “deep and profound” by what had happened.
The woman suffered from panic attacks and insomnia after the stalking campaign against her and is incapacitated for work.
Police were able to trace some of the threatening calls to two payphones, and Moore was arrested on October 24.
But he had denied being obsessed with the sex worker and said he was not involved Hull Live.
The woman felt “utter betrayed” when she realized who it was who was waging a stalking campaign against her.
Mitigatingly, Richard Thompson said Moore had no previous convictions and was a family man who had volunteered for the community.
He referred to his actions as “inexplicable” and out of character.
Mr Thompson said: “He can’t bring himself to see what seems obvious that he had become obsessed with this woman and that he didn’t want to see her work in that capacity, even if that was the only reason she met.’
According to Mr. Thompson, Moore had believed that he “got along” with the escort and that their relationship was more than it was. But for the woman it was just an appointment.
Dale Brook continued, telling Hull Crown Court (pictured) that Moore “wanted to know where the woman was all the time” and assumed she was seeing other customers
Mr. Thompson added that Moore was a “devoted family man” and understood that his behavior could have destroyed his marriage. Moore had called his actions “foolish.”
Judge Sophie McKone told Moore: “You got jealous that the complainant you paid for sexual services had other clients.
“You became obsessed with her and your jealousy and obsession was so great that you started a campaign against her and her company to stop her from doing her job.
“The fact that it was an anonymous campaign makes it all the more ominous because the complainant didn’t know where it came from.”
The defendant, from Hook, near Goole, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, admitted to stalking the woman between May 12 and October 22 and setting fire to the woman on September 1 last year.
Moore was also sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work, 30 days of rehabilitation, ordered to pay the woman £1,000 in damages and £900 for the fire damage, and given an indefinite restraining order.
The disgraced 75-year-old, who has since resigned as a Labor member of Goole Town Council, was an East Riding councilor for Goole North until the 2019 election, when Labor lost all its seats.