A JILTED lover who made his former wife’s life a “living hell” by bombarding her with “endless” phone calls after she tried to end their relationship has been jailed.
Zafar Rahman (57, pictured) was so “obsessed” he made dozens of phone calls to his ex-partner over a three-month period after she split up with him, including 28 on a single day starting at 12.25am and going on until almost midnight.
Sheffield Crown Court heard he had ordered the woman not to send a recording of one call to the police and, when she refused, had told her: “You will pay for it.”
Rahman, of St Lawrence Road, Tinsley, also sent her numerous emails, as well as social media friend requests, despite being barred from doing so by a restraining order.
He was jailed on Monday after admitting three breaches of the 2019 restraining order and one count of stalking, to which he only pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial.
Rahman’s victim said in a statement that his actions had left her “psychologically and emotionally scarred”, adding: “I’ve had to battle to get justice because Zak thought he was above the law.”
She said she suffered nightmares from which she woke up shouting: “You’ve got to stop him now!” and that the abuse had caused her mental health to a deteriorate, adding: “I feel like I live in a prison and I am the one who has done something wrong.”
The victim said Rahman had slandered her in her community by insisting they were still married when they were not and she no longer felt safe in her own home.
She added: “He has turned my life into a living hell and I am unable to function properly due to his extreme harassment and stalking.”
Mr Aaron Dinnes, prosecuting, said Rahman had been handed a restraining order in relation to his estranged wife in 2019 after their relationship broke down but they had reconciled the following year after the death of her father — while the order was still in place.
But after their relationship deteriorated again, Rahman had refused to accept it was over and had repeatedly tried to contact her.
He had repeatedly sent her emails and tried to call her even after she had taken steps like blocking him on WhatsApp, Mr Dinnes said, and there had been problems with their divorce under Islamic law because Rahman gave incorrect dates.
Mr Gordon Stables, mitigating, said the defendant accepted he had committed a criminal offence but pointed out the victim had contacted Rahman to rekindle their relationship.
He added: “He was persistent in the calls he made to her. We know she was caused serious alarm and distress by this.”
Noting that there was good and bad to Rahman’s character, Mr Stables said: “She did not want the bad part but did want the good part. When things deteriorated, it was the bad part that has come to the fore.”
Mr Stables said Rahman had “moved on” and was now remarried.
He quoted from several references, including one which highlighted how he had helped with the welfare of taxi drivers and joined community clean-ups and was the leaseholder for a community a café which brought isolated people together.
Rahman had also been awarded a Chief Constable’s commendation for catching two armed robbers, the court was told.
Judge Peter Kelson stressed that Rahman had committed an offence by breaching the restraining order, even though the victim had contacted him initially.
He called Rahman’s offending “desperately serious” and said he must be sent to prison, telling him: “Your obsession with this victim is troubling in the extreme.
“You have wrecked her life and will suffer your punishment.”
Rahman was jailed for two years for stalking plus two months, to run concurrent, for the restraining order breaches, and handed an indefinite restraining order banning him from ever contacting the victim.