"You repeatedly blamed her for your behaviour"
Shazad Mahmood, aged 35, of Selly Oak, Birmingham, was jailed for a total of five-and-a-half years after he held a terminally ill woman hostage for more than 15 hours.
He was “obsessed” with the victim and threatened to kill her with a knife in her Quinton home while police were outside.
Police had previously imposed conditions instructing Mahmood not to contact the woman, who at the time was receiving palliative care following multiple organ failure.
But in July 2020, she allowed him to enter her home “under sufferance”.
Judge Sarah Buckingham told Mahmood: “You developed an obsession with her, you preyed on her and you wore her will down.”
Mahmood was supposed to leave on July 17 but refused and forced out her friend after a fight.
He then barricaded the door and refused to let the victim leave, on occasion holding a knife to her neck and back. He also slapped her and told her to “shut the f*** up” when she pleaded to be released.
Mahmood called the police and told them that he was holding the terminally ill woman hostage.
Judge Buckingham said: “You repeatedly blamed her for your behaviour, and told police her life was going to end.”
When police arrived, Mahmood’s behaviour ranged from being “calm and respectful” to forcing the victim to the window with a knife to her throat, warning officers that they were putting her in further danger.
He allowed the victim to sleep as she sat on a stool, however, at one point, her body weakened and she slumped to the floor.
Mahmood claimed he told her she could leave after two hours but the judge dismissed the claim, calling it “nonsense”.
At 10:30 am the following day, Mahmood gave himself up.
Mahmood was also involved in an unrelated driving offence on December 17, 2019.
He was driving a stolen Vauxhall Astra on false plates and was pursued by police from Birmingham city centre.
He drove on the pavement, ran red lights and reached speeds of 50mph. In a bid to protect the public, officers briefly abandoned the chase and followed from a distance.
Officers picked Mahmood up again but he crashed into a bus on City Road. He tried to climb over his injured front seat passenger but was arrested at the scene.
He later told police he was “not going to stop for nothing” because he knew the car was a “ringer”.
Judge Buckingham said: “This was a dreadful piece of driving which placed fellow road users and pedestrians at risk.”
Mahmood pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance.
He admitted false imprisonment and threats to kill in relation to the July incident. No evidence was offered for an additional charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm which Mahmood denied.
Birmingham Crown Court heard he had been diagnosed with an emotional personality disorder and schizophrenia.
Mahmood claimed he took the terminally ill woman hostage as it was a “cry for help”.
But the judge criticised him for seeing himself as a “victim” and said:
“You are an attention seeker with a taste for the dramatic.”
“You are a violent, reckless and impulsive individual and I am satisfied there is a significant risk you will commit further specified offences causing serious harm to one or more people.”
Mahmood was sentenced to 12 months for the driving offences, of which he must serve at least half in prison. He must then serve at least two-thirds of the consecutive four-year, six-month term he was handed for the hostage incident.
He was jailed for a total of five-and-a-half years.
Birmingham Mail reported that he was also banned from driving for 60 months and received indefinite restraining orders in relation to the victim and another person.