Prisoner convicted of sending family 73-page masterplan telling them how to fabricate evidence and clear his name

25/08/2017

A prisoner who sent his family a 73-page masterplan outlining how they should smear his victims by fabricating evidence as part of his appeal against conviction has admitted perverting the course of justice.

Naushad Faruk, 36, detailed the elaborate plot to two family members describing how they should lie and create fake alibis as part of an effort to discredit the women, from north London, he had been convicted of voyeurism against. Both family members refused.

He admitted perverting the course of justice at Blackfriars Crown Court today (Friday 25 August) ahead of a trial which was due to begin next week.

In one of the messages, sent between December 2015 and February 2016, he said: "All you have to do is fool my new lawyer, as long as he thinks it all real [sic] then we will put it in as new evidence, he will have no reason to think that we cooked everything ourselves. Trust me it will work! X".

The attempt came while he was already serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for committing three voyeurism offences and two attempts to pervert the course of justice.

Trude Scott, London CPS reviewing lawyer, said: "Naushad Faruk sent a 73-page booklet to a family member outlining scripted answers she should give to the solicitor dealing with his appeal against conviction.

"He also directed her and another family member in letters and phone calls to create fake statements, signatures, websites, Facebook accounts, and a false alibi, to attack the character of his victims with humiliating untruths and try to discredit them.

"This was a planned and determined effort to use deceit to try and escape his conviction, encouraging others to lie and cheat and warning them to ‘cover their tracks’.

"Before this offence Faruk was due for early prison release in a matter of months but he now faces a fresh criminal sentence."

Faruk will be sentenced on 16 October.

Notes:

Naushad Faruk, of Goldfinch Crescent, Bracknell, Berkshire, was born on 27/07/1981.

He admitted of one count of perverting the course of justice between 8 December 2015 and 24 February 2016.

His earlier two convictions for perverting the course of justice arose out of incidents in 2014 while he was on bail awaiting trial for three offences of voyeurism. He phoned a victim pretending to be a newspaper journalist, threatened her with negative publicity if she did not drop the case and released the name of victims on social media. He was found guilty at trial in March 2015.

Trude Scott is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS London South.