Stalker of JFK`s granddaughter was `giving love`

Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 10:36

New York: A man charged with stalking Caroline Kennedy`s daughter by showering her with flowers, balloons and romantic e-mails feels he did nothing wrong and tried only to offer his love, his lawyer said on Friday as a judge ordered a psychiatric examination to determine the man`s mental fitness for court.

Naeem Ahmed is being held at least until the exam is completed, likely by his next court date February 02.

Ahmed, 41, sent more than 40 messages to Yale University student Tatiana Schlossberg and her parents over two years, prosecutors said in court documents.

"Do I love you? Yes I do. Do you?" read a Valentine`s e-card to Schlossberg, according to the documents. Another said he knew "your shape, your sound, your warmth, and your taste" and was signed "Yours Hubby, Naeem," the documents say.

Ahmed also sent a Mother`s Day flower arrangement and an e-mail to Caroline Kennedy, the documents said.

The missives continued even after a November warning from the Kennedy family`s security firm after Ahmed tried to visit Schlossberg at her New York City home, according to prosecutors.

Ahmed`s lawyer, Gerald Hertz, said Ahmed interpreted an initial lack of response as encouragement.

"He thinks that `All I was doing was giving love, candy, balloons’," Hertz said. "He`s not threatening them or demanding anything. ... He just didn`t get it."

Arrested on December 06, Ahmed faces misdemeanour harassment and stalking charges.

A Kennedy family representative didn`t immediately respond to a telephone message on Friday.

Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of former president John F Kennedy, is a lawyer and the former chief fundraiser for the New York City schools. She expressed interest in being appointed to fill Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton`s former Senate seat in 2008 but soon withdrew from consideration.

She also was a prominent backer of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr, whose office is prosecuting Ahmed`s case — a fact his lawyer noted on Friday, though he said he didn`t see the office`s involvement as improper.

Vance`s office has said he recuses himself from cases only "in very limited circumstances”, such as cases involving someone he represented while in private practice.

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