"If you don’t want to be with me, I will make sure you can’t be with anyone else."
Amardeep Singh Bahra, aged 26, from Milton Keynes, has been jailed for his obsession and threats of harming a woman with acid.
Bahra stalked the woman for three months with an intimidating barrage of threats and obsessive behaviour.
Telling the woman if he couldn’t have her he would make sure no one else could. Bahra threatened to ‘burn’ and ‘ruin’ her face with acid attacks.
He accused the woman of ruining his life and sent her over 2,000 WhatsApp messages daily. Bahra even turned up at her home and workplace.
The hearing on at Manchester Crown Court was told how Bahra tormented the woman resulting in devastating fear.
Bahra started his fixation with the woman in 2010.
An incident involving Bahra and the victim took place in 2012 in Birmingham, when Bahra was studying at Birmingham University at the time.
Bahra was charged with maliciously wounding Ferhaan Mirza, aged 23, who was visiting the victim at her student accommodation on Bath Row in Birmingham centre.
Bahra, who was 20 years old at the time, claimed the victim to be his girlfriend but she denied it.
At 11.30pm in the evening, Bahra visited the victim’s address to find Mirza present and objected to him being there.
In a raged argument, Bahra attacked Mirza with his hand which was holding a glass with water in it. The glass smashed and caused a V-shaped cut in Mirza’s neck. He then was held by Bahra in a headlock while he was bleeding continuously.
Mirza was subsequently taken to hospital for stitches to treat the wound in his neck, leaving him no longer able to drive.
Bahra escaped jail at the time after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court.
However, the obsession with the victim continued through time and progressively got more intimidating.
Bahra assaulted the victim in Spain in 2017 and had to attend a court hearing there for the attack.
Then in March 2017, Bahra started to send the victim 2,000 WhatsApp messages daily.
The messages included threats saying:
“I am going to ruin your face. I am done. You deserve it, so don’t go crying when it happens.”
“If you don’t want to be with me, I will make sure you can’t be with anyone else.
“I will burn your face. And if you do get married and have kids I will burn their faces.”
Bahra made trips from Milton Keynes to visit her home in Manchester three times.
Each time he delivered hand-written letters to her containing obsessive and threatening messages.
Bahra also went to where the victim worked.
The victim told the court:
“I felt like I couldn’t go out of the house and go about my everyday life.
“I felt like I was being watched all the time.”
Police arrested Bahra when they found him in a car near the victim’s house.
Bahra pleaded guilty to the charge of stalking.
His defence lawyer, David Farley, said that he felt he was his relationship with the victim was “amicable” and he would’ve stopped if he knew the police were involved.
Farely said Bahra is appalled at making the acid threats and he wishes “he could take that back” and he never would’ve carried them out.
On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Judge Martin Walsh told Bahra in court that due to the seriousness of his offence and “obsessive interest”, he was going to send him to prison him for a year saying:
“You made threats to her, threats to ruin her face.
“All of these actions, individually and collectively contributed to causing real concern for the complainant, who had made it clear she wanted nothing to do with you.”
As well as the jail sentence, Amardeep Bahra was given an indefinite restraining order and he was warned that any contact made towards the victim would mean “almost certainly” another prison sentence for him.