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Delta Goodrem's beau stays close to singer after stalker drama

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A superfan convicted of stalking Delta Goodrem was recently slapped with an apprehended violence order (AVO) lodged against him by police on behalf of the singer’s mother.

And the Lost Without You singer’s protective boyfriend Matthew Copeland was right by her side as the couple touched down in  on Wednesday, following a trip to Townsville.

The couple had just finished up the interstate leg of her 2022 Bridge Over Troubled Dreams tour. 

Lost Without You! Delta Goodrem's burly boyfriend Matthew Copeland touched down at Sydney airport with the singer on Wednesday, after her stalker was slapped with another restraining order - this time banning him from going near her mum

Lost Without You!

Delta Goodrem’s burly boyfriend Matthew Copeland touched down at Sydney airport with the singer on Wednesday, after her stalker was slapped with another restraining order – this time banning him from going near her mum

The tall, dark and handsome guitarist walked in front of Delta after they collected their baggage from the carousel. 

Both dressed in rock chic attire, with Delta wearing a black designer T-shirt tucked into jeans and paired with a blazer.

She accessorised with a Prada handbag, crisp white sneakers, sunglasses tucked into her top and a gold chain necklace. 

Meanwhile, Matthew rocked a Harley Davidson T-shirt and black jeans. 

Delta wheeled her Louis Vuitton suitcase through the terminal while Matthew carried a leather duffel bag.  

Rock chic: Both dressed in rock chic attire, with Delta wearing a black designer T-shirt tucked into jeans and paired with a blazer

Rock chic: Both dressed in rock chic attire, with Delta wearing a black designer T-shirt tucked into jeans and paired with a blazer

Delta’s stalker James Joseph Lafferty, 50, has been ordered not to approach Lea Goodrem or contact her in any way unless the contact is through a lawyer, according to court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia.

The order also prohibits Lafferty from assaulting, threatening, stalking, harassing or intimidating Lea or anyone she has a domestic relationship with.

Lafferty must also not intentionally or recklessly destroy or damage any property belonging to Lea, or harm any animal in her possession.

Quick stretch: The songstress had a quick stretch at the baggage carousel following her flight

Quick stretch: The songstress had a quick stretch at the baggage carousel following her flight 

The final condition of the order is that Lafferty – who was not present in court when the order was made – must not try to ‘find’ Lea ‘except as ordered by the court’.

What prompted the order is unconfirmed, and Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Mr Lafferty is alleged to have done any of those things.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Delta Goodrem’s representative for comment.  

Restraining order: A superfan convicted of stalking Delta Goodrem (right) has now had an AVO lodged against him by police on behalf of her mother Lea (left). They are seen here in January

Restraining order: A superfan convicted of stalking Delta Goodrem (right) has now had an AVO lodged against him by police on behalf of her mother Lea (left).

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Lafferty was convicted for a second time for stalking Delta in July 2021.

He pleaded guilty in the NSW Local Court to two counts of contravening a prohibition in an AVO, according to court documents.

The Grafton man was convicted and sentenced to a 15-month community correction order.

The existing AVO forbade Lafferty from going within 50 metres of Delta’s flat.

However, in April last year he was spotted driving his white Holden Commodore near the musician’s Sydney CBD apartment.

Court order: James Joseph Lafferty, 50, (pictured leaving court in February 2020) has been ordered not to approach Lea Goodrem or contact her in any way unless the contact is through a lawyer, according to court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia

Court order: James Joseph Lafferty, 50, (pictured leaving court in February 2020) has been ordered not to approach Lea Goodrem or contact her in any way unless the contact is through a lawyer, according to court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia

According to a police fact sheet tendered to the court, officers were unable to locate Lafferty’s vehicle at the time.

Then in May 2021, Lafferty was again spotted by police near Goodrem’s apartment and pulled over.

He claimed he was returning from his brother’s home in Coogee and was on his way to Richmond in Sydney’s north-west, court documents stated.

He was arrested at the scene.

Lafferty later pleaded guilty in court to contravening the AVO twice.

Police claimed they had fears for Delta’s safety in light of Lafferty’s continued harassment and breaching of orders against him.

Troubling: In July 2021, Lafferty pleaded guilty in the NSW Local Court to two counts of contravening a prohibition in an apprehended violence order. Pictured: Delta in Universal City, California, in January 2019

Troubling: In July 2021, Lafferty pleaded guilty in the NSW Local Court to two counts of contravening a prohibition in an apprehended violence order.

Pictured: Delta in Universal City, California, in January 2019

Lafferty was first charged with stalking Goodrem a year prior, after sending the former Voice Australia judge 300 ‘love poems’.

He initially pleaded guilty in February 2020 to three charges related to stalking Delta: using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend; stalking or intimidation; and failing to comply with a police direction to move on.

He was charged after he went to Delta’s CBD apartment building on Valentine’s Day and tried to leave a gift with the concierge.

He was told she didn’t live there but he returned four times that day and was asked to leave.

The next day Goodrem saw him sitting in a nearby park playing a guitar.

When she went to the concierge desk to pick up a dress, he walked past calling out her name and she fled.

When she checked her Instagram account, it had been bombarded with messages.

Lafferty had sent her messages including ‘I’m here’, ‘please come down and meet me’, ‘I honestly love you Delta my soulmate forever’, and ‘I’m at concierge’.

‘James loves you Delta,’ one message read.

Police directed him to move on later that evening when he was spotted lurking near the apartment block.

During his arrest, Lafferty smashed his phone in anger and asked: ‘What am I guilty of?

Bringing her a rose and chocolates.’

He told police how he’d sent her 300 poems but she had not responded.

Over an unspecified time period, Lafferty had sent Goodrem 24 pages of infatuated Instagram messages, 7News previously reported.

Lafferty was convicted on all three charges and sentenced to an 18-month community correction order and a $600 fine.

Scary: Police claimed they had fears for Delta's safety in light of Lafferty's continued harassment and breaching of orders against him. Delta is pictured in June 2021 in Sydney

Scary: Police claimed they had fears for Delta’s safety in light of Lafferty’s continued harassment and breaching of orders against him.

Delta is pictured in June 2021 in Sydney


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