Stalker Nigel Grunnill admits threatening to murder victim from jail
A STALKER described as one of East Yorkshire's most dangerous men has admitted threatening to murder his victim on his release from prison.
Nigel Grunnill, 37, has harassed Claire Gray for 15 years after going on three dates with her in 1997.
He has repeatedly breached restraining orders and in 2005 was jailed for eight years for threatening to kill her.
But just weeks before he was due to be released Grunnill, formerly of Queens Road, west Hull, made repeated threats to kill his victim to three probation officers.
Grunnill told the officers: "I don't dwell on things, other than Claire. Murder changes everything and will happen in time. I guarantee that will happen – just a case of when.
"I'm one of the top, most dangerous people in Humberside because I'm probably going to commit an offence.
"Nothing will stop me."
Grunnill compared himself to Newcastle murderer Raoul Moat and stalker Michael Pech, who killed his victim and himself in London.
He told probation officers the only thing that prevented him from killing his victim before was not having a gun.
Grunnill said: "If I found her family were in prison, I would break into the prison to get to them. The only thing that stopped me achieving my goal last time was that I didn't have a firearm."
Prosecutor Camile Moreland described Grunnill as "fixated" with Miss Gray and out for "revenge".
The pair had met in a nightclub in the city and gone on three dates in 1997.
Grunnill became obsessed with her and began stalking her at her home in Sutton.
Detective Constable Adrian Adamson said: "Nigel is one of the most dangerous individuals we have ever dealt with and has been a thorn in the side of the victim and her family for several years.
"His actions and threats have changed the lives of the victim and those close to her."
Grunnill yesterday pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to two counts of making threats to kill.
A judge has told him that measures need to be put in place when he is sentenced to protect the public.
Recorder Julian Smith said he was considering detaining Grunnill in a hospital for people suffering mental illness.
He said: "Looking at the reports available, what is needed here is hospital intervention."
Grunnill is due to be sentenced in December after he has been assessed by three psychiatrists.