A MAN has admitted harassing and sending offensive Facebook messages to child sex abuse whistleblower Jayne Senior.
Faisal Khan (23), described as “sinister and dangerous”, pleaded guilty to charges of harassment without violence and sending Mrs Senior by a public communication network a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.
Khan, of Main Street, Bramley, had previously denied the offences but changed his pleas at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Prosecuting, Ms Victoria Barker, said Khan had sent a series of Facebook messages between June 3 and 25 last year, in which he called the former social worker “racist” and told her to “jump off a bridge”.
Mitigating, Mr Upkar Bahia, said the messages had been sent out of “frustration” and Khan had been trying to convey messages through Mrs Senior to a woman she had been supporting at Swinton Lock Activity Centre.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mrs Senior said she had been “saddened” that any man would try and “disrespect” and “intimidate an adult, professional woman”.
Mrs Senior said women in Rotherham “were systematically raped, trafficked and tortured and to be called white slags feeds into negative reports and does nothing to help community relationships”.
She added: “For me, directly, the messages from the defendant left me feeling very nervous and wary of him. It led me to form the opinion he's a sinister and dangerous man.
“When I spoke to him on the phone he knew everything about me, he unnerved me, he had clearly done some research on me.”
Khan was granted conditional bail and will be sentenced on January 26.
As he left the courtroom Mrs Senior alleged Khan verbally abused her — this matter will now be investigated.
We want to continue holding local authorities to account, attending court and council meetings, as well as providing breaking news, competitions and offers – but it costs money. Online advertising does not cover costs, therefore we feel the need to ask for your help in ensuring we can provide the best possible coverage, online and in our printed products.
For as little as £1, you can support the Rotherham Advertiser – and it only takes a minute.
Click here to support local news.