LATEST: Mel Gibson's alleged stalker ZACK SINCLAIR faces three years in jail if he's convicted of pestering the actor and his family at the end of the month (29OCT04).

Sinclair was jailed yesterday (12OCT04) after failing to observe a restraining order filed against him by a worried Gibson, and he's being held on $500,000 (GBP278,000) bail.

He's due back in court on 29 October, when a date for his preliminary hearing will be set.

The 34-year-old first upset Gibson when he approached the movie star at his Malibu, California, home and outside the church the actor and his family frequent.

In asking for the restraining order, Gibson also accused Sinclair of writing sinister letters about his religious epic The Passion Of The Christ.

Last week (ends08OCT04), a California judge extended the restraining order, keeping Sinclair away from Gibson, to three years, but authorities claim the very next day Sinclair trespassed on Gibson's family home in Malibu and was arrested on the felony stalking charge.

13/10/2004 21:40