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Blackburn man jailed for harassment
5:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A 21-YEAR-old who harassed his partner with 180 phone calls and text messages in eight days has been jailed for 24 weeks.
Blackburn magistrates heard Shoayb Patel bombarded the mother of his child with abusive and threatening phone calls and messages while she and the child were in the sanctuary of a women’s’ refuge.
And while he was on bail for that offence, Patel spat in the face of a paramedic who was trying to help him.
Patel, of Zion Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to harassing Asma Jaffer and assaulting Simon Stephens and was jailed for 12 weeks for each offence to run consecutively.
Alex Mann, prosecuting, said Miss Jaffer received the calls and messages while she was in the Burnley refuge.
She said he had been ‘controlling; in their relationship and she had lost all her family and friends because she had gone out with him.
She wanted to go to college but he said she only wanted to go there to meet other men and said she should stay at home and be a good wife.
The assault on the paramedic was committed after an ambulance was called because Patel was unwell.
As the paramedic was treating him, Patel tried to headbutt him and then spat in his face.
Sentencing Patel, District Judge Jane Goodwin said harassment was a serious offence, especially as the mother of his child was living in a refuge.
She said: “You bombarded her with texts and phone calls causing real upset for the aggrieved.
“That was within weeks of you appearing in court for criminal damage at the refuge involving the same victim.”