"a very long and traumatic road for the victim"
Islam Jaheed, aged 26, of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was jailed for one year and four months for harassing a woman. The stalker pestered her on Instagram for months.
He also let himself into her flat and stole her underwear.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that on March 3, 2020, police were called to a report that a woman had woken up to the sound of a key in the door of her flat.
The woman saw someone enter and he fled with her underwear after she started screaming.
Through the building’s CCTV, the woman identified Jaheed and told police that he had been harassing her for months.
Following the incident, a police investigation was launched and it uncovered almost daily harassment.
Jaheed, also known as Zaihid Alom, had been pestering the victim for months to go out with him despite her rejecting his advances.
The stalker would continually send the victim disturbing messages and would guilt-trip or get angry if the conversation did not go his way.
Police said that Jaheed attempted to blackmail her by threatening to send videos of them both and found where she was by tracking her Instagram updates.
On one occasion, he followed her to a town she was visiting hundreds of miles away before announcing he was there too on a Snapchat message.
The woman had blocked him on various social media platforms but he had created other accounts begging her to speak to him.
Police searched his home and found six pairs of her underwear in his bedroom. Jaheed was subsequently arrested.
According to investigators, the victim had been left “petrified” by his behaviour.
Jaheed was charged with stalking on August 11, 2020. He initially denied the charge but later pleaded guilty on September 25, 2020.
Detective Sergeant David Beach, of Nottinghamshire’s public protection team, said:
“This has been a very long and traumatic road for the victim and I hope she will now be able to put it behind her, knowing her offender is behind bars.
“Stalking is a horrible crime, it can leave people feeling completely helpless and hugely impact on their lives.”
“I’m just glad that we were able to prove what a serious incident this is and that this has been reflected in the sentence result given by the courts.
“We hope that this encourages other victims to come forward.
“This behaviour is completely unacceptable and we work to bring offenders to justice.”
On February 10, 2021, Jaheed was jailed for one year and four months in prison. Nottingham Post reported that he was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £149.