Man jailed for campaign of harassment against woman and her mother - Luton

15/06/2015

A man, who sent 900 malicious and threatening messages to a prostitute and her mother, has today, Friday, 12 June 2015, been jailed for two years and six months.

Ashok Patel was a client of the prostitute in Luton, but he then tried to manipulate her into having a relationship with him by supplying her with crack cocaine. He also offered her accommodation, and went to meet her mother, Luton Crown Court was told.

The woman did not want to be controlled by him and tried to break away from him, which is when he began a campaign of harassment against her and her mother.

The 47-year-old used text messages and false Facebook accounts to make threats and post unpleasant remarks, said prosecutor, Will Noble.

He was arrested in October last year, but released on bail and over the following three weeks sent 900 messages, the court was told. He implied that he knew where the younger woman was living and was watching her, and would cut her hands off and put them in jars. He was re-arrested and remanded in custody.

Patel, formerly of Bradley Road, Luton, but now homeless because of the time he had been held in prison, pleaded guilty to two charges of supplying Class A drugs and two charges of putting a person in fear of violence.

Judge Michael Kay QC told him on Friday: "You sought to make her become dependant on you, based on her vulnerability. You supplied drugs to her as part of your manipulation. But when the relationship was coming to an end you began sending deeply unpleasant and threatening text messages. They are very troubling and very frightening. In your pre-sentence report you present yourself as a genuine and caring man, simply trying to look after her, but that is a travesty of the truth. The harassment here is horrendous in terms of the number of messages and their content."

Giles Newell, defending, said: "He does not accept everything that has been said, but does accept that what he did was plainly unacceptable."

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