"This man’s unwanted attention caused distress to his teenage victim"
Stalker Kamran Asif, aged 20, of Luton, received a six-year sentence after he made a teenage girl’s life a misery for four years.
He constantly sent threats to her after she ended their relationship. But in March 2019, Asif started sending her texts and WhatsApp messages on a regular basis.
He threatened her with violence and said that he would upload indecent photos of her to the internet. Even after she begged him to stop, Asif continued to harass her.
Asif’s vile behaviour towards her escalated at the end of March 2019.
Luton Crown Court heard that on March 29 at approximately 10:15 pm, Asif saw the girl in a car in Luton. He took a baseball bat and smashed the vehicle’s rear window in what was a terrifying attack.
Two days later, the teenage girl walked through a Luton industrial park at around 4 pm. However, she was unaware that the stalker was waiting for her in a van.
When Asif spotted her approaching her bus stop, he grabbed her by the neck and dragged her into a nearby underpass at knifepoint.
Luton Today reported that Asif then beat her and smashed her headphones before threatening her with more violence and rape.
On September 23, 2019, Kamran Asif appeared at court where he was sentenced to four years in prison for stalking. He also received an extended licence period of two years once he is released.
Leading the investigation was DC Wesley Hall, who said:
“This man’s unwanted attention caused distress to his teenage victim, putting her in genuine fear for her own safety.
“Not only did he stalk and threaten her via text messages, he followed her, and his obsession quickly escalated into physical harm.”
“Thankfully the victim contacted us and we were able to apprehend Asif before he was able to repeat his behaviour, or carry out his threats.
“I am glad we have secured a custodial sentence for Asif and hope his victim can feel safer knowing he is behind bars.
“Stalking is a crime and anyone who harasses and intimidates someone risks a criminal record and prison sentence.
“It’s important that anyone who feels they’re being stalked or harassed reports it to us. We take these reports very seriously and we’ll do all we can to ensure that victims are safe, and offenders are brought to justice.”
If you are being stalked or harassed contact police on 101. In an emergency, always call 999. Alternatively, call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 8020300.