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Justin (Andrew Still) has been terrorising Daisy Midgeley (Charlotte Jordan) for weeks now in Coronation Street, believing that he is in love with her.
The stalker has been sending flowers to the Rovers, commenting on all of her posts, and even tracked her down in person.
However, things are set to go even further, as Justin will ‘stop at nothing’, according to actor Andrew Still.
‘I knew about Justin coming in as a stalker,’ he explained to Metro.co.uk.
‘It was very much pitched as someone who had misplaced affections but possibly with a darker edge in the future. Basically everything that’s been shown so far.
‘What viewers are seeing now is what I knew about where the story was going.
‘I come in and we start doing stuff and they go, “okay, maybe this is what we’ve got planned down the road” and it was a bit of a shock about what’s going to happen.’
Justin’s behaviour all stems from ‘delusion’, Andrew said.
‘He’s convinced himself that they’re meant to be together and they share a bond that’s stronger than what she could ever have with Daniel.
‘His thinking is that all he needs to do is show her that they’re meant to be together and win her affections. It’s delusion, it’s a fantasy.
‘He’s laser focused. I think he’ll go to whatever lengths he feels are necessary.’
Asked if Justin sees anything wrong in what he is doing, Andrew confirmed ‘ultimately, no’.
‘At the start it’s all love-bombing her with the flowers, the chocolates, all this sort of stuff, love-bombing her from afar,’ the actor said.
‘Then when he shows up he’s expecting it to play out like this rom-com type thing, which obviously doesn’t happen, and that’s part of his delusional thinking. I think he truly believes in that moment when he turns up at the wedding fair that they are going to run off together.
‘That is his thought process and after it doesn’t play out that way he realises he’s going to have to get a bit more strategic and play a bit more of a long game.
‘For him, an intimacy-seeking stalker, he’s not seeing anything intimidating or threatening in those messages that he’s sending, it’s just him showing how much she means to him. It’s like a self-gratification, every message, every piece of contact that he makes with her is a gratifying experience so he’s chasing that.
‘He’s obviously disappointed by her rejection but I think he just sees that as like a wall that he has to break through until they’ll finally be together.’
Justin’s behaviours fall into the stalking typology of an ‘intimacy seeker’, which could mean that he may turn violent should he not get what he wants, according to Saskia Garner, who is the Head of Policy and Campaigns for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
‘We know from our research that at the point of rejection where one party, normally the stalker, realises and takes on board the fact that the other person isn’t going to partake in the relationship they want, in this case with an intimacy seeker or perhaps with other typologies they’ve been in a relationship and the person wants to regain that relationship, when they realise that’s not going to happen that can be a real trigger for an escalation in violence and aggression towards the victim because they realise they’ve lost control.
‘How can they regain that control? Can they emit some kind of punishment for that person not complying with their idealistic worldview of where they see that perceived relationship going?’
Andrew added: ‘Regarding his behaviour and something I’ve researched that can happen with stalking, is he’s got these repetitive thought patterns and they lead to impulses. I don’t think he wants to, or maybe he can’t see that he has to break from them.
‘There are other things about him that are traits I don’t think he would recognise in himself but others might, like narcissism, his manipulative, jealous, controlling behaviours.
‘I think he sees himself as the ultimate good guy and the world is out to get him. I think it justifies a lot of the actions in his head. He’s just got this delusional belief of this romantic destiny.’
Next month, the day of Daisy’s wedding to Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard) arrives – but with Daisy missing from these pictures obtained by Metro.co.uk, has Justin taken a step further?
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