Man, 39, jailed for carrying out campaign of harassment against paedophile drag queen months before he was found dead in an alleyway
- Donovan Clarkson posted daily about Darren Meah-Moore’s 1999 conviction
- He chased Mr Meah-Moore filming him and accusing him of being a paedophile
- Clarkson jailed 30 weeks and placed order restraining him contacting husband
An obsessed man has been jailed for harassing a drag queen months before his death – and shouting: ‘He’s a paedophile.’
Donovan Clarkson, 39, launched a campaign of harassment against drag queen Darren Meah-Moore, 39, just months before he died.
A court heard he made daily posts on Facebook about Mr Meah-Moore’s 1999 conviction of child rape for a sex attack on a young boy.
Prosecutor Tabitha Walker said Clarkson also chased Mr Meah-Moore down the street while filming him and accusing him of being a paedophile.
The harassment came just months before the drag queen – who preformed under the names Crystal Coutoure and CC Quinn – was found dead in January.
The harassment came just months before the drag queen – who preformed under the names Crystal Coutoure and CC Quinn – was found dead in January
He had last been seen in a full face make-up and blonde wig in the early hours of the morning in Cardiff – and a 50-year old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
Clarkson was jailed for 30 weeks and placed under an order restraining him from contacting Mr Meah-Moore’s husband, who is also called Darren Moore, for five years.
Newport Crown Court heard Clarkson had known Mr Meah-Moore for around two years before the harassment.
The pair were connected on Facebook but were not friends according to the victim’s husband.
Donovan Clarkson, 39, launched a campaign of harassment against drag queen Darren Meah-Moore, 39, pictured, just months before he died.
Miss Walker said the harassment began when Clarkson shared a link on Facebook alleging that Mr Meah-Moore was a paedophile.
She said: ‘Further links related to Mr Meah-Moore representing British Airways on a float at Brighton Pride.
‘In the post the defendant said BA had employed a convicted paedophile drag queen for Gay Pride accompanied by a photo of Mr Meah-Moore. Further posts of this nature were shared on Facebook on a daily basis.’
The victim’s husband reported the posts to Facebook but they were not removed so he contacted Gwent Police.
The court heard the force warned Clarkson to stop the harassment in early April but he then posted a comment ‘mocking’ the fact he had been reported to police.
The following month he spotted Mr Meah-Moore in the street and shouted: ‘Look who it is. It’s the f***ing paedo.’
Clarkson was jailed for 30 weeks and placed under an order restraining him from contacting Mr Meah-Moore’s husband, Darren Moore, left, for five years
Mr Meah-Moore had last been seen in a full face make-up and blonde wig in the early hours of the morning in Cardiff – and a 50-year old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. A horse-drawn carriage led his funeral through Cardiff, where the roads were closed so he could stop at the city’s oldest gay bar
The court heard Clarkson also chased Mr Meah-Moore that evening while broadcasting a live video on Facebook.
Mr Meah-Moore, who was working at the Pulse gay bar that night, was ‘calm and non-aggressive in his responses’.
The next month Clarkson posted: ‘A child rapist is performing at the Ampleforth Arms in Oxfordshire. Share your views.’
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The pub later cancelled Mr Meah-Moore’s gig meaning he missed out on £350.
Clarkson was arrested in August and claimed he had ‘only been posting links of facts in the public domain’.
In a victim statement months before his death Mr Meah-Moore said: ‘This behaviour has caused me upset and I don’t understand why he is doing it.
‘My past happened 23 years ago and I have to live with it every day. I don’t want to be reminded every day and I don’t want other people sharing what is not the truth.’
His husband Mr Moore added: ‘Darren lost a couple of gigs due to Donovan’s behaviour. This meant he lost out on wages which put financial pressure on us.
‘Darren’s mental health was affected by the harassment and I would say it changed his personality. The social media posts caused him to drink more and do more drag acts to drown out what happening.
‘By doing drag more he was shielding behind a mask. This was his way of coping with what he had to endure. He had a skin condition he was medicated for and over the past 12 months it worsened.
‘I believe one of the reasons for this was the stress he was under due to Donovan’s behaviour. It took over my and Darren’s life to the point of affecting our relationship.
‘Darren has recently passed away and I can’t help looking back on our last 12 months as tainted by Donovan’s actions. We were both constantly worried about what would happen next.’
Clarkson was already under a suspended prison sentence for ABH and a community order for harassment of his own ex-husband at the time.
Defending Harry Baker said: ‘There has been a diagnosis of a personality disorder which will no doubt explain the obsessive behaviour.’
Clarkson, of Grangetown, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to harassing Mr Meah-Moore.
Judge Recorder Alun Eynon-Evans said Clarkson posted ‘further offensive remarks’ about the late Mr Meah-Moore after his death.
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