A cab driver in Sheffield has appeared in court after launching a campaign of harassment against his estranged wife.
55 year old Zafar Rahmen of Tinsley, Sheffield, launched the campaign after his marriage to 47 year old Shazia Riaz broke down when she found out that he was married and had another family.
Manchester Magistrates Court heard that the couple had met in May 2018, under Islamic law he then proposed to her.
Joanne Moore, prosecuting, explained to the court that because Ms Riaz had children and wanted to minimise disruption in their lives, she and Rahman lived separately until the children got used to him.
In June 2018 Ms Riaz discovered that Rahman was still married to another woman who lived 40 miles away and had five children, however they still got married in June.
Ms Moore then went on to describe how Rahman's other wife discovered that he had taken a second wife, prompting Ms Riaz to want to get away.
Ms Riaz received a raft of calls, voicemails and emails from Rahman, leading to her reporting the matter to Cheshire Police.
The messages included the defendant screaming and shouting at her, despite her telling him that the relationship was over.
On 26 June he bombarded her with a number of emails and also attended her office where she worked as an immigration lawyer, asking to speak to her secretary to tell Ms Riaz that they were still married Islamically.
The prosecution went on to tell the court of numerous other acts perpetuated by the defendant which included attending her home address, questioning why she had make-up on and telling her that people were watching her home and were after her. She had also received a hand-written card from the defendant wishing bad things on her.
On another occasion he went to her home address and told her to stop posting things about him on Facebook. He ran away when she tried to take a photograph of him at her property.
On July 30 she went to a café when Rahman showed up and asked to speak Ms Riaz via her friend. The victim then started to record the defendant on her phone and he told her to stop recording him before taking her phone and stamping on it, she then contacted the police on her friend’s phone.
In a statement Ms Riaz said: "Mr Rahmen started a barrage of malicious emails that left me physically and emotionally scarred."
Rahmen's defence lawyer, Miss Naila Akhter, told the court that the messages were all about him wanting contact with her.
He was in an arranged marriage with no affection and hoped that he would fall in love with Ms Riaz.
She went on to explain that all he wanted were answers about the relationship ending, but accepts that it's over.
The Mail Online reported that Rahmen admitted stalking and criminal damage and was ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work, pay £170 court costs, attend a course on building better relationships and was banned from contacting his estranged wife for two years.
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