A stalker who was so obsessed with his ex-girlfriend that he enrolled on the same college course has been locked up for harassment. Hassan Javed turned up at her place of work, college and home and bombarded her with messages on social media.
The 20-year-old, of Cuthbert Road, Winson Green, had previously admitted stalking and criminal damage. He was locked up for 18 months.
Birmingham Crown Court heard the pair were in a relationship from late 2017 to the summer of last year, when the 17-year-old victim broke it off But Javed, an accountant, was unable to accept it was over and started to follow her. His behaviour became so "overwhelming" it caused the victim to drop out of college, the court heard.
She began an apprenticeship and attended a college course one day a week but Javed turned up in the same class before he was eventually removed.
The victim blocked Javed on her mobile but he set up different Instagram accounts to message her and also managed to contact her by phone.
Some of the messages were abusive and indicated he was jealous, the court heard. Ian Ball, prosecuting, said Javed repeatedly turned up at her place of work and had to be escorted off the premises The victim's father collected her and, on one occasion, the defendant ran after her van.
On another occasion, he threw pebbles at the teenager's window. Javed also smashed the victim's mobile phone by throwing it against a concrete bollard.
Passing sentence, Judge Richard Bond told him: "She was only 17 and you had what I would describe as a controlling relationship with her.
"You controlled her not just in subtle ways but in quite deliberate ways. You told her what she should wear and who she should speak to.
"She was constantly in fear of meeting you and your attitude was that you simply did not care. The only person you are concerned with is yourself She ended up having to look over her shoulder.
"She did make a complaint to the police and you were arrested and bailed with conditions to keep away from her but you immediately broke those conditions by contacting her on email and Instagram. Very serious distress has been caused to the victim."