Loose Women star Denise Welch, 63, was dealt a blow after arriving at court on Tuesday, October 26 for a hearing to watch her alleged stalker be sentenced.
Yet as proceedings got underway, Toraq Wyngard, 53, indicated he intends to change his plea and forced a court delay as a result.
Denise was in court when Wyngard’s lawyer Kay Driver QC made the indication, according to The Sun.
Judge Michael Leeming then apologised to Denise for the “unnecessary” appearance, saying: "I would like to apologise to the complainant who has been required to attend court, unnecessarily as it turns out.
“I hope the matter will be resolved one way or another sooner than later,” the publication reported.
Denise has suffered a heartbreaking year as her dad Vin died after losing his battle with pneumonia last month.
Wyngard had allegedly spent five months conducting a campaign of terror against Denise between September 18 and February 11 2020.
The obsessed fan previously admitted targeting the actress’s home in Cheshire, where he committed arson, damaged her property and was also found in possession of a weapon after the police arrived.
Wyngard was searched and the authorities discovered he was carrying a knife in his backpack.
He was then tried at Chester Crown Court, where he was due to be sentenced Tuesday.
Wyngard was told by Judge Leeming that applications like his “rarely succeed".
The case was adjourned until November 16 for another hearing at Chester Crown Court.
The alleged stalker had originally pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a knife and criminal damage.
He was also charged with arson after setting fire to a skip in Denise’s driveway.
The Loose Women panellist, who shares her home with husband Lincoln, 48, opened up on the harrowing experience and being afraid for her safety for five months.
Denise said it was an “incredibly terrifying and stressful time” for her and her family.
The Hollyoaks actress was seen outside the court with her husband Tuesday morning.
“Lincoln and I are very relieved that Toraq Wyngard, otherwise known as Todd, has pleaded guilty,” she told MailOnline at the time.
The star also gave thanks to the emergency services for their help and support.
“We are grateful to the fire service for their prompt action saving our house and to the police for their amazing vigilance and support,” she said.
“Special thanks go to the Harm Reduction Unit assigned to us who have guided us through this horrible time every step of the way,” Denise added.
Police said Wyngard, who lives in Salford, Greater Manchester, was found nearby Denise’s home on September 19 last year when police were called to reports of a fire that spread to the garage next to the property.
The case was adjourned for psychiatric reports and the sentencing was due to take place on October 26, but has now been pushed for another three weeks.
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