Professor installed panic alarm in his office after woman stalked him for

Li booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote, the court heard Zhaoyan Li was convicted of stalking at City of London Magistrates Court Zhaoyan Li was convicted of stalking at City of London Magistrates Court Mr Edmans said he installed a panic alarm in his office after he was bombarded with visits and phone calls Mr Edmans said he installed a panic alarm in his office after he was bombarded with visits and phone calls “She said she wanted to become a partner at PwC, which was strange because she wasn’t even a trainee,” he explained.”She asked me if I was happy to have dinner with her because she had some questions about her career and I told her I had to go home. “I went to Marks & Spencer’s and when I left she was waiting for me outside and followed me on the westbound tube even though she lived in the opposite direction and sat next to me.”Li then joined a Surrey getaway hosted by Professor Edmans’ All Souls Church breakfast club.”Every mealtime she’d sit next to me and try to talk to me, even if I was talking to other people and this way annoying. She was trying to encroach on me and continually interrupting conversations I was having.”The professor admitted he eventually resorted to getting physical. “I squeezed the pressure points on her knee to cause a bit of pain.”However, Li claims she took this under-the-table knee squeeze as a “come on” of a sexual nature. A London Business School professor was forced to install a panic alarm in his office after being stalked for more than a year by a woman who saw him speak at a careers event, a court heard.Alex Edmans, 38, who has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and in Parliament, said he became too distressed to answer his phone after he was followed by Zhaoyan Li.Li, 40,visited Mr Edmans at his church and also turned up at his gym after meeting him when he spoke at a careers seminar at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She also booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote and bombarded him with texts, emails and calls.The 40-year-old, of Canary Wharf, east London, was convicted of stalking Professor Edmans between February 1, 2017 and September 13, this year at  City of London Magistrates Court. She will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on a future date.Professor Edmans told the court from behind a screen Li enjoyed taking photographs of him working out at a Hyde Park boot camp fitness club and groped his biceps after a class.She began stalking him after he spoke PwC’s ‘Finding Purpose In Your Career’ seminar early last year. Li booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote, the court heard Professor Edmans was bombarded with WhatsApp ad Facebook messages from Li, who suddenly appeared at his workout class when a picture needed to be taken. “Out from the shadows Ms Li jumped up and said: ‘I’ll take the group photo.’ She must have been on the sidelines watching.”She started touching my biceps, which was not solicited and then started coming to the boot camp, not to participate, but to take photos, presumably of me working out.”I blocked her on facebook, but and then she contacted me through other means, I blocked her on WhatsApp and saved her as ‘Dirty Pervert.'”She wanted to be in a relationship with me. It was as if she thought she had the right to have a relationship with me.”In one message Li wrote: “I want a Mr. Right who loves me and cares about my feelings.”Eventually All Souls Church banned her and Professor Edmans reported her to the police, who gave Li an official warning in January.”She then started coming to the London Business School campus and using the internal phone and called me on February 14 to say: ‘Happy Valentines Day.'”Normal things like checking emails filled me with horror and dread and each time I saw her number my heart sank because this ordeal was continuing.”Eventually a panic alarm was fitted at the professor’s office and he quit the boot camp and church breakfast club after Li booked herself on their Canary Islands vacation. “I thought: ‘There’s no getting away from her if she turns up in Lanzarote for the entire eight days.'”Li constantly tried to delay and adjourn the trial and told the magistrates: “If I get a criminal record I may commit suicide.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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