Pakistan-origin taxi driver pleads guilty to harassing Jemima Khan

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By: PTI | London |
Printed:September 29, 2017 12:59 am


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A Pakistani-origin taxi driver in the present day pleaded responsible to harassing British journalist and socialite Jemima Khan, the previous spouse of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Hassan Mahhmood admitted to a year-long marketing campaign of harassment throughout which he bombarded her with messages after she had used his taxi via the taxi hailing firm Halo.

The 27-year-old’s lawyer instructed Isleworth Crown Court docket that Mahhmood was Jemima’s massive fan due to her marriage to his cricketing hero and former Pakistan Cricket captain Imran Khan. He pleaded not responsible to a extra critical cost of stalking the campaigner, which was allowed to lie on file.

“Have spoken to the complainant, she is happy with that consequence and clearly it would save a whole lot of nervousness and stress to her if this course is taken and he or she is totally behind this determination,” prosecutor Ruxana Ali instructed the court docket.

Decide Martin Edmunds accepted Mahhmood’s plea and adjourned sentencing to a later date.

The court docket was instructed that the taxi driver from Waltham Forest in north-east London grew to become obsessive about the 43-year-old socialite, additionally recognized by her maiden title of Jemima Goldsmith, after she posed for a “selfie” with him.

He went on to make use of 18 completely different cell phones to name her 1,182 instances, despatched her 203 textual content messages and “a great deal of” WhatsApp messages between June 16 final yr and July 18 this yr.

The prosecutor mentioned that Mahhmood instructed Jemima that he “cherished her”, “wished to know her” and requested her “why he couldn’t be associates along with her”. Jemima, the daughter of late British billionaire entrepreneur Sir James Goldsmith, determined to go to the police after he instructed her he wished to go to her residence.

Mahhmood’s lawyer Umar Ali instructed the court docket that his consumer had no earlier convictions however the prosecutor insisted he must be sentenced on the premise of his “persistent pestering behaviour”.

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