"Afzal Miah is an incredibly cunning and sinister individual"
Afzal Miah, aged 33, has been jailed for six years. He had been on trial for stalking but sent threatening letters to his victims throughout his trial.
Snaresbrook Crown Court heard he tormented his targets and their families.
This included a criminal barrister, a headteacher and NHS staff. Miah sent them intimidating voicemails and emails which included death threats.
Miah frequently diverted police away from actual crimes by making bogus reports about his “bullies”, trying to get them sacked and arrested.
Miah received a restraining order in 2015 after posting soiled toilet paper to his neighbours in Enfield, north London.
He appeared in court for another matter where he presented the judge with forged CPS and Met documents in order to dupe them into handing him a lesser sentence.
The “dangerous individual” fled to Belfast in summer 2018 to escape the jurisdiction of his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) but was located and extradited.
There are no stalking offences in Northern Ireland, just harassment offences.
Several outstanding reports made against Miah were followed up which revealed he made threats to his victims.
This included numerous abusive emails to a criminal barrister who was known to him. He lodged four complaints and also made threats to kill him, leaving him frightened.
Miah also sent threatening letters to two NHS staff as well as phone calls, threatening to kill them.
He was found guilty of seven counts of stalking and one count of breaching a CBO and a restraining order in December 2019.
Sergeant Jonathan Brandman, investigating officer, 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.”
Birmingham Mail reported that he was jailed on February 6, 2020, for six years. He was also handed a 10-year restraining order.
Detective Constable David Tate, of 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.”
“He became fixated on the ‘disservice’ he thinks that he received from some of his victims.”
Mr Tate added that some of the victims were known to Miah while others had no affiliation with him.