A hospital complaints manager who suffered what police described as a “cruel campaign of hate” against her has spoken of her ordeal today after her tormentor was jailed.
Karl Perryman, 51, of Elvington, Springwood, the former head of legal services at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, was jailed for 14 months at Norwich Crown Court this morning for offences of stalking and witness intimidation.
Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Coleman described Perryman as a “rejected lover” who sent “vile” letters about a colleague, complaints manager Joanne O’Neill.
Following the hearing, Ms O’Neill, who the court heard had moved around 200 miles from the area in order to escape Perryman, praised police and prosecutors for their handling of the case.
She said: “This has had such a huge impact on my life.
“I would urge anyone who believes that their lives are being wrecked by stalking to report this the police because they can and will help you.”
She also thanked the people who had sent her messages of support during the case.
Det Con Richard Moden, of Norfolk Police, also welcomed the sentence.
He said: “Karl Perryman has failed to accept responsibility for his actions throughout this entire investigation and subsequent trial, stating that everyone else was lying and he was telling the truth. Clearly this wasn’t the case.
“I believe that justice has been done for the victim of this cruel campaign of hate, which has had a massive impact on her and those around her. She has decided the only way to move on from this ordeal is to move out of the area and start again.”
Meanwhile, hospital bosses have said they will examine Judge Coleman’s criticism of the way Ms O’Neill’s original complaints were handled.
He said it was “hardly fair” that the initial investigation was led by the line manager of Perryman’s wife.
He added: “The way her complaint was investigated calls into question the procedures in place at the hospital.”
After the sentence was announced, Gerry Dryden, the hospital’s director of human resources, said: “Karl Perryman is no longer an employee of the Trust and as such it is inappropriate for us to comment.
“We note Judge Coleman’s comments regarding our investigation and will take account of these when we periodically review our policies and procedures. These reviews are undertaken with our staff side partners.”