'Cunning and sinister' stalker jailed for six years

Afzal Miah, 33, bombarded his targets with intimidating voicemails and emails, authorities said 

Friday, February 7, 2020

A stalker who sent threatening messages to his victims throughout his trial has been jailed for six years, police said.

Afzal Miah, 33, bombarded his targets, including a criminal barrister, a headteacher and NHS staff with intimidating voicemails and emails which included death threats, according to Scotland Yard.

The 33-year-old allegedly diverted police away from crimes by making fake reports about his “bullies”, trying to get them sacked and arrested, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London yesterday.

He was also handed a 10-year restraining order, the Metropolitan Police said.

Miah was convicted of seven counts of stalking and one count of breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO) and a restraining order in December, the force added. 

He later fled to Belfast to escape the jurisdiction of his CBO but was tracked down and extradited, the Met said.

Investigating officer Sergeant Jonathan Brandman said: "Afzal Miah is an incredibly cunning and sinister individual who has taken great pleasure in making his victims feel vulnerable and frightened.

"The fact that he fled to Northern Ireland to escape his CBO, and knew that there is no such offence, shows how dangerous this individual is."

Detective Constable David Tate, from Scotland Yard's stalking threat assessment centre, said: "Miah is what we would call a 'resentful' stalker - someone who feels as though they have been mistreated or that they are the victim of some form of injustice or humiliation and they want to exact revenge or 'even the score'.

"In Miah's own head, he believed that the systems had failed him and he became fixated on the 'disservice' he thinks that he received from some of his victims."

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