Internet stalker plagued young mum
A DELUSIONAL internet stalker who drove more than 200 miles to see his victim is today the subject of a year-long restraining order.
IPSWICH: A delusional internet stalker who drove more than 200 miles to see his victim is today the subject of a year-long restraining order.
Mohammad Irfan was also banned for a year from entering the woman's home town after admitting causing harassment with fear of violence on three separate occasions.
The 27-year-old, who lives at Ipswich's YMCA in Wellington Street, admitted making unwanted telephone calls and visits to the woman's Leiston home - most recently on January 3 this year.
South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard how unemployed Irfan had, on more than one occasion, journeyed overnight from his former address in Gloucester to see her.
The two had become friends through the victim's ex-boyfriend and, several months after the relationship ended in June 2008, Irfan requested they become friends on social networking website Facebook.
The young mother, who by then was with another partner, accepted the request and accommodated Irfan when he first made the long trip to her house - but stressed she did not feel attracted to him.
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Gareth Davies, prosecuting, said: “From then on, she was plagued with phone calls and texts. She made it quite clear she wanted nothing more to do with him and to be left alone.”
Irfan continued his pursuit of the woman, again driving from Gloucester and arriving at 5am to present a gift to the woman's daughter, towards whom Mr Davies said he developed a “strange attitude”.
He added: “He had some sort of desire to have a fatherly relationship with her and called her his little princess.”
His behaviour took a more sinister turn when he made around ten drunken late night calls during which he threatened to kill her and her current boyfriend.
Irfan, himself a father of a four-year-old son, was arrested and in interview claimed he and the victim were in a sexual relationship together despite her denials.
Michael Stephenson, mitigating, said: “This was a friendship which has sadly gone very wrong and he accepts it is history.”
Irfan was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and handed a �50 court bill as well as being banned from entering Leiston or contacting his victim for a year.