Muslim man, Mohammed Ibram Saleem, 23 from Bradford, has been sentenced to 19 months in prison after he stalked a woman for over a year and threatened to throw acid in her face after she blocked him on social media.
Saleem had bombarded the woman with WhatsApp messages; telling her he loved her and that he wanted a child with her. After he became obsessive, the woman blocked him on social media which caused Saleem to become abusive; sending her threatening messages about drugs and guns. He was also seen on various occasions driving past the woman’s house.
When Saleem realised she had blocked him online, he turned to the woman’s cousin, telling him:
“I’m going to hurt her and her loved ones so she hurts more than I ever did. I’m just going to get a man to throw acid in her face, mess up her life once and for all.”
Judge, Heather Lloyd, said:
“You hardly knew her and yet you clearly became very quickly obsessed with her, which for a while she enjoyed, but when she wanted no more to do with you and your messages and she blocked you, you tried another route via another number.”
“Prior to that your messages became abusive and even more threatening via her cousin. The tone of these messages was offensive and abusive but also threatening to her and her family, including threats you would attack her with a gun and the threat of throwing acid over your victim.”
“Your harassment escalated when you were seen driving a car near her home. It was clearly designed to intimidate her, despite the fact you are disqualified from driving, and your home address is in Bradford and she lives in Blackburn.”
Saleem, who has a previous conviction for drug offences, was also given a restraining order against the woman in addition to his 19-month prison sentence.
Judge Lloyd continued:
“In her victim personal statement, the woman talks about her fear in the 12 months since her complaint. She was still seeing a mental health nurse in May and is on anti-depressants. She was generally fearful of you and what you could do.”
“When she blocked you, you used another means to contact her. You used the phrase ‘snitches get stitches’ to her cousin. There was talk of guns and your threats, in particular in relation to an acid attack, are chilling. You were clearly obsessed and obsessive. You may still be obsessive, I do not know.”
Britain has seen a dramatic increase in acid attacks in recent months, especially in the London area. The perpetrators are usually, although not always, from an ethnic minority background. British police inform us that this number continues to rise.