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Cyrus’ alleged stalker appears in court

Mark McLeod, 53, appeared in court on Tybee Island, Georgia on Tuesday (18Aug09) after he was arrested twice for hounding the Disney star.

But Judge Steven Scheer pushed back the preliminary hearing until 25 August (09) because the results from a raid of McLeod’s Georgia home weren’t prepared. The lead investigator was also unavailable for Tuesday’s court appearance.

A lawyer for McLeod told reporters outside the courthouse his client is “a human being” who had recently lost his job and is still grieving following the death of his mother and brother in the last 18 months.

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Attorney James Byrne said, “People need to understand that, really, he’s a human being. If there’s something wrong, we need to address it. He’s one of our fellow citizens who might need some help.

McLeod was taken into custody earlier this month (Aug09) after Georgia police spotted him loitering around the set of the actress’ upcoming movie The Last Song.

That arrest came just weeks after he was cautioned by cops in June (09) for making “inappropriate comments” to young Cyrus fans.

On that occasion, McLeod was set free because authorities claimed there was no room for him in jail and they didn’t consider him a threat to himself or others.

The 16-year-old Hannah Montana star was granted a temporary restraining order against McLeod earlier this month (Aug09).

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