Ex sent abu­sive mes­sages over busi­ness ven­ture

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

AN EX-HUS­BAND bom­barded his for­mer wife with abu­sive mes­sages af­ter fall­ing out over busi­ness.

Taghi Ja­fari, 33, called his ex a ‘scum­bag’, a ‘cancer’ and made threats, a court heard.

He and the vic­tim got to­gether in 2005.

They got mar­ried and di­vorced in 2009 but con­tin­ued to have an on-off re­la­tion­ship un­til last year, when they fell out over a shop they run in Bolling­ton.

Ja­fari, of Welling­ton Road, Bolling­ton, started send­ing abu­sive text mes­sages, phone calls and voice­mails, as well as con­tact­ing her on so­cial me­dia and turn­ing up out­side her house.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Kate Gaskell, said: “They own a busi­ness to­gether and fol­low­ing their fi­nal split con­tin­ued work­ing with each other.

“On August 15 she asked to talk to Ja­fari about fi­nances and he be­came abu­sive.

“She was sub­jected to ver­bal abuse on the phone and text mes­sages.

“He called her a scum­bag. She said she was be­ing worn down by his controlling be­hav­iour and it was hav­ing a large im­pact on her life.

“He made be­lit­tling com­ments which made her feel worth­less.

“He stood out­side her house and said ‘are you not go­ing to sort this out?’

“He was placed on po­lice bail but breached the bail as he had fur­ther con­tact. She re­ceived mes­sages through so­cial me­dia app Viber.

“In recorded calls he said ‘you are an evil per­son who has wasted 10 years of my life’, ‘ have some self re­spect’ and ‘you are a cancer’.

“What started as a fall­ing out over busi­ness es­ca­lated into in­ap­pro­pri­ate and threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.”

The vic­tim called it ‘a night­mare’, in a state­ment read at the hear­ing, at Stock­port Mag­is­trates.

Ja­fari pleaded guilty to ha­rass­ment be­tween August 15, 2016 and De­cem­ber 16, 2016.

He ap­peared in court without a solic­i­tor but with an in­ter­preter.

He said: “I never had a prob­lem with her un­til this busi­ness came along.

“If I’ve said ob­scene lan­guage it’s be­cause she was us­ing the same lan­guage.”

Mag­is­trates gave Ja­fari a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der, 200 hours un­paid work and 15 day Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ac­tiv­ity Re­quire­ment, plus £85 costs, £85 vic­tim sur­charge and £100 com­pen­sa­tion.

A 12 month re­strain­ing or­der bans him from en­ter­ing Wood­side Road, Manch­ester, a Bud­dhist cen­tre in Chorl­ton, Manch­ester, and an ad­dress in Bolling­ton.

‘What started as a fall­ing out over busi­ness es­ca­lated into in­ap­pro­pri­ate and threat­en­ing be­hav­iour’

Pete Phillip­son head­lin­ing the in­au­gu­ral Mac­cLaughs event at the But­ton Ware­house, Mac­cles­field

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