Man jailed for Facebook harassment of ex-girlfriend

Man jailed for Facebook harassment of ex-girlfriend

James Preston

Man jailed for Facebook harassment of ex-girlfriend

A 33-year-old man who launched a Facebook harassment campaign against an ex-girlfriend has been jailed.

Malik Azram Hussain created multiple Facebook profiles purporting to belong to Anisa Ali, from Maidenhead, and posted images of semi-naked women from the neck down intending people to believe they were of his former lover between April 30 and December 14 last year.

Hussain, from Ilford in Essex, appeared at Slough Magistrates' Court on Thursday after admitting to pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment of Miss Ali, who ended their five-month relationship in March last year.

The court heard how Hussain was issued with a harassment warning letter on April 30 after Miss Ali had contacted the police when he created multiple Facebook accounts with photos depicting the pair together following the break-up.

But Hussain continued to post on the accounts until Miss Ali once again contacted the police on May 14, leading to his arrest in June.

Hussain made no comment under interview and continued to post on the accounts following his release before a trawl through internet service provider (ISP) addresses linked the accounts back to him.

Mitigating, Paul Robson said Hussain had left his wife and child in Pakistan to be with Miss Ali and was under the impression she would marry him until the relationship was ended through her family.

He said Hussain claims to have received threats from the family and had contacted the police on two occasions and believed 'his only option was to deal with the threats the way that he did'. He added: "He deeply regrets his actions and would like to apologise to the family."

Hussain was sentenced to a prison term of 21 weeks, reduced to 14 weeks for an early guilty plea, and issued with a five-year restraining order not to contact Miss Ali.

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