Man spared jail af­ter stalk­ing while car­ry­ing im­i­ta­tion gun

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - ALEXAN­DER BALLINGER by alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @amb­hack

A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been spared jail af­ter he sent un­so­licited provoca­tive mes­sages to a wo­man on so­cial me­dia and tried to meet up with her while armed with an im­i­ta­tion firearm and a knife.

The vic­tim first re­ported Suhayl Ali, of Headley Way, in Ox­ford, at Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion af­ter she re­ceived nu­mer­ous mes­sages from him in late 2016.

She had asked him to stop on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions but Ali, who only knew the vic­tim through so­cial me­dia, per­sisted caus­ing the vic­tim con­cern, the po­lice said.

Ali at­tempted to ar­range a meet­ing with the wo­man, but in­stead of­fi­cers from Hilling­don Po­lice at­tended af­ter re­al­is­ing the po­ten­tial risk of the case.

He was ar­rested at the scene in De­cem­ber and was found in pos­ses­sion of a re­al­is­tic im­i­ta­tion firearm and a knife.

Ali was charged with pos­ses­sion of an im­i­ta­tion firearm in a pub­lic place, stalk­ing with­out fear, alarm or dis­tress and pos­ses­sion of a knife in a pub­lic place.

He was sen­tenced the week be­fore last at North Lon­don Mag­is­trates’ Court to a six-week prison sen­tence sus­pended for 12 months, a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion re­quire­ment, 160 hours of un­paid work, made to pay £1,000 in fines and costs and is now the sub­ject of a re­strain­ing or­der.

Suhayl ali and the im­i­ta­tion firearm (left) and knife (be­low left)

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