Stalker jailed after proposing to woman who served him in shop
Obsessed stalker, 28, who asked woman to marry him just hours after she served him in shop then made her life hell with up to 40 calls a day is jailed for 29 months
- Rohit Sharma, 28, started a campaign of harassment against a shop worker
- He asked her to marry him called her up to 40 times a day from 15 phones
- Sharma would also get friends and relatives to contact her on his behalf
- He was jailed for two years and faces deportation back to his native India
Rohit Sharma, 28, faces deportation back to India at the end of his sentence for stalking, harassment and failing to appear at court
A stalker who started a campaign of harassment after asking a woman to marry him hours after she served him in a shop was jailed for two years and faces deportation to India.
Rohit Sharma, 28, made the shop worker’s life hell for 18 months, bombarding her with up to 40 phone calls a day from 15 different numbers as well as texting and contacting her on social media and watching her at work.
Sharma was jailed for a total of two years and five months at Isleworth Crown Court after pleading guilty to stalking, harassment and failing to appear at court – and faces deportation back to India at the end of his sentence.
He began stalking his victim, who was aged in her 20s, after she served him in a shop in Wembley, north west London, in November 2017, the court heard.
Following their brief encounter, Sharma returned later that same day with his father and asked her to marry him.
The woman changed jobs four days later, but Sharma found out where she worked and managed to obtain her phone number.
His behaviour escalated and he bombarded her with multiple messages via phone, text and social media.
The woman reported Sharma to the police and he was issued with a harassment warning in Feburary last year, but he was undeterred, continuing his campaign of stalking.
Sharma was jailed for a total of two years and five months at Isleworth Crown Court after pleading guilty to stalking, harassment and failing to appear at court
The court heard that as well as bombarding the woman with calls, he continually watched her at her place of work.
Sharma was charged with harassment last July, but after being bailed from court he continued to pursue his victim, the court heard.
He failed to turn up for a court appearance on November 5 and continued stalking his victim to such an extent that she quit her job and moved away from the area in an attempt to get away from him.
But the court heard that only seemed to fuel his campaign and he began contacting people who knew her, trying to find out where she had gone.
Sharma was finally arrested by police last month at an address in Wembley.
He was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty at court.
The Judge ordered that Sharma – an Indian national living in Wembley – be considered for deportation on the completion of his prison sentence.
In a statement, the victim said: ‘This whole experience has completely shattered my nerves.
‘I have gone from being a confident young woman to constantly feeling scared and on edge.
‘I have no desire to socialise or meet new people, which has really taken its toll.’
She added: ‘I cannot understand why this man became so obsessed with me. It is so unfair and completely undeserved.
‘I just want him to realise what he has done and to know that he cannot do this to me or anyone else.
‘I now want to move on knowing that he is locked away and cannot harm or hurt anyone else like he has done to me.’
Investigating officer Detective Constable Nicola Kerry, of the Met’s West Area Command Unit, said: ‘Stalking and harassment has a devastating impact on the lives of those targeted.
‘There is intrusion into the victim’s life, and they are left to feel vulnerable, distressed and threatened.
‘Sharma was incessant in his pursuit of his victim.
‘He would phone her up to 40 times a day and use around 15 different numbers to contact her, making it near impossible to block his calls, and would also get friends and relatives to contact her on his behalf.’
She added: ‘The victim has been left devastated by Sharma’s actions and I can only hope that his imprisonment offers some form of respite for her.
‘She has shown immense bravery in reporting him to police and supporting this court case.’
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