"there may be another six care homes listed"
Sadiq Mansoor, aged 34, of Hollybank Gardens, Bradford, has been accused of making over 1,200 heavy-breathing phone calls to several care homes in North Yorkshire.
He appeared at Bradford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, March 6, 2020, to face eight charges relating to four care homes in the Skipton area.
The charges brought before the court related to incidents alleged to have taken place between January 1, 2019, and August 7, 2019.
Four of the charges alleged that Mansoor sent ‘communication/article of an indecent/offensive nature’.
He had made phone calls within those dates, which were, in whole or part, of an indecent or grossly offensive nature for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety to the recipient.
Mansoor also faced four charges of ‘harassment without violence’ between the same dates where he was accused of making 1,210 phones, during the hours of darkness, to the care homes and to a particular member of staff at each of the homes.
The Crown alleged that Mansoor had “pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment of staff (at the home) and which he knew or ought to have known amounted to the harassment of them”.
In relation to one care home, Mansoor allegedly made 155 heavy-breathing phone calls between June 28 and July 30, 2019.
He is also accused of making 201 heavy-breathing calls to another home between June 27 and July 16, a further 671 to another home between January 1 and August 7, and 188 to the fourth home between June 28 and July 16.
The allegations are contrary to the Malicious Communications Act of 1988 and the Protection of Harassment Act 1977.
However, the prosecutor Richard Davies requested that the case be adjourned. He had asked the police for more details of the dates and incidents.
He explained: “Police have made reference that there may be another six care homes listed and could total more than 16,000 calls.
“In fairness to Mr Mansoor, the matter needs to be looked at completely.”
Mr Davies went on to say that it was necessary to have a full review of the charges and the dates that the allegations referred to.
He requested a short adjournment in order to obtain this information.
No plea was entered at this stage by Mansoor and the case was adjourned to the magistrates’ court on March 30, 2020.
The Telegraph and Argus reported that Mansoor was released on unconditional bail and will appear in court on that date.