Fedster + 1,307 Posted January 12, 2018 Share Posted January 12, 2018 No pattern of incidents needed to be demonstrated. Barham Hekmat threatened a 13-year-old Detectives secured a conviction for stalking for offences which occurred in less than 15 minutes. Bahram Hekmat, 43, of Enfield, north London, was found guilty of stalking after making gestures at a teenager. He pulled up in a car alongside the 13-year-old girl and started making what officers described as “romantic/sexual gestures” by blowing kisses and beckoning her to get into his vehicle. The victim got on a bus, which Hekmat followed until she got off, then threatened that he would continue following her if she did not return his advances. She alerted a member of the public, and Hekmat drove away. He was convicted under Section 4A(1)(a)(b)(ii) and (5) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 - stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress - and sentenced to nine months in jail. A statement from the Met said: “This conviction is believed to be the first of its kind as the stalking took place within 15 minutes, unlike other incidents where it occurs on at least two separate occasions and is a pattern of incidents. “Despite the short time window, the courts have decided that this incident constituted stalking and it is likely to become a stated case for future reference and guidance in court.” Detective Constable Darren Barlow said: “This sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed - a disgusting act of public indecency which has left a young girl shaken and very upset. “The effects of Hekmat’s behaviour continue to have a detrimental impact on the victim who at the time of the offence was just 13 years old.” View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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