Sophie Ellis-Bextor's 'stalker, 39, fails to appear in court after sending her hundreds of unwanted gifts'

AN alleged stalker accused of sending hundreds of unwanted gifts to pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor failed to appear in court yesterday.

Nishil Patel, 39, is also accused of bombarding the mum of three, 42, with a series of messages on social media.

The case has already been listed three times, including last week.

The star is applying for a stalking protection order, but Met Police have failed to summon Patel, of Chiswick, West London, to court.

District Judge Karim Ezzat said: “I cannot be satisfied he knew of the last date — and he certainly was unaware of this date.”

He adjourned the case, at Westminster magistrates’ court, to June 23.

Married Sophie wrote Dial My Number in 2010 about a stalker who kept texting her.

She said at the time: “I never reply.”

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