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Jailed: Stalker who burned ex-girlfriend’s clothes and called her 700 times a day

A stalker has been jailed after subjecting his ex-girlfriend to “abuse of all kinds” including burning her clothes and calling her 700 times a day.

Anhar Hussain, 23, of Review Road, Dagenham was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court today (February 3) to three years and nine months’ imprisonment.

He had admitted arson, harassment, fear of violence, dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified and without insurance.

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Police said his sentencing comes after detectives used analytic software for the first time in this type of case to map out phone signals from any given location.

The data enabled police to collect evidence of his stalking and coercive behaviour between April and June last year.

Hussain and the victim began a relationship in 2020 but this started to deteriorate from March 2021, police said.

Following an argument, he posted nude photos of her online which were seen by her family.

The woman had to leave her family home and told this paper in an interview last November that she felt she had no choice but to move in with Hussain in Havering.

After this, he subjected her to “controlling coercive behaviour”, police said.

During arguments, he would shout and scream into her face, throw household objects and pull and push her about the home.

Hussain kept the only set of keys to their property at all times and tracked her whenever she left as there was a video doorbell which he had access to.

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On one occasion, he threw the victim’s clothes out of the home and set them on fire.

She moved to another address but from then on Hussain called her more than 700 times a day.

She told this paper she became terrified to leave her home and, by summer 2022, would see Hussain following her “literally every day”.

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Police said the woman “suffered abuse of all kinds at the hands of Hussain”.

“The victim-survivor in this case has shown amazing strength and courage throughout her ordeal,” Det Supt Lewis Basford said.

“I hope this sentence goes some way in helping her to move forward with her life.”

Police used the analytics software to evidence 157 occasions when Hussain co-located within close proximity of the victim during his stalking.

Det Ch Insp Daniel Thompson, deputy lead for stalking and harassment, added: “The Met is committed to investing in the tools and skills needed by frontline officers to safeguard victims and bring offenders to justice.”


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