THE family of singer Lily Allen has insisted her Scottish stalker “needs help, not jail”.
Alex Gray, 30, from Perth, left the ‘Smile” singer terrified during his seven-year campaign of harassment.
He is awaiting sentence after being convicted earlier this month of burglary and harassment.
Gray started pursuing the singer by sending abusive rants in letters but progressed to banging on her door and spending nights in her back garden.
He was eventually charged by police after an incident last October when the singer awoke in the early hours to find someone wrenching at her bedroom door.
Allen has said she was not angry with Gray, claiming “the system has failed him”. She has also demanded answers from police.
Gray’s mother Michelle told the Good Morning Britain programme how she had tried to get help for her son from the police and mental health services for years.
She said: “I had no idea that he had been stalking Lily Allen and putting her through these years of torture.
“We knew he had a fixation with her but not that he had actually been anywhere near her. We just thought he had a fantasy in his head.”
She added: “We knew he had a mental disorder and he had been diagnosed with paranoid delusional schizophrenia two years ago and he was meant to be on medication for this, but nobody was ensuring that that was happening.
“It escalated after his dad died. He got worse and we knew he was getting worse. We tried to get him help and nobody would help us at all.”