A neighbour from hell who tormented residents on a suburban cul-de-sac has been jailed for 12 months and banned from Alfreton for seven years.
Derby Crown Court heard today, Wednesday, July 19, how Mohammed Dar, 55, formerly of Ley Gardens, Alfreton, harassed Louise Mountford and Andrew Phillips and other neighbours during five years and spouted distressing comments about murdered soldier Lee Rigby and being a cop-killer.
The court also heard Dar stalked Miss Mountford, loitered near her home, on nearby Ley Avenue, and produced fake Facebook accounts in neighbours’ names with insulting references and walked into the New Life Church, at Alfreton, dressed like a terrorist while shouting “Allah” and he slow-clapped a Remembrance parade. Following the hearing, Mr Phillips said: “We’re pleased with the result of this case and together with other neighbours we are hoping to now be able to get back to living normal lives. “It has been difficult but we have been pleased with how the police and the courts have handled the case. “If it had not been for the police I don’t think we would have got this result today.”
Dar, who has a PHD in chemistry and who has worked as an analytic chemist, was originally given a restraining order and an ASBO in 2014 after committing offences with many against his neighbours from 2012. Offences involved tormenting Miss Mountford with references to murdered soldier Lee Rigby, walking into the New Life Church, at Alfreton, dressed like a terrorist and slow-clapping a Remembrance parade.
He was found guilty of two counts of threatening behaviour after the Remembrance offences and was found guilty of stalking Miss Mountford. Dar also has previous convictions for making a grossly offensive communication and for two counts of making a malicious comment. Prosecuting barrister Abbi Joyce previously outlined Dar’s various previous convictions from August 2012 including harassment, public order offences, sending indecent or grossly offensive communications, and she also highlighted the various custodial sentences he has received. Dar, who has previous convictions for burglary, assault and for possessing an offensive weapon from 1977 to 1995, began a new reign of offending in 2012 primarily aimed at his neighbours.
He was convicted for harassing neighbours in August, 2012, by following them to work, by shouting and for intimidating them. In April 2014, he was convicted for disorderly behaviour and threatening behaviour and in June, 2014, he was convicted for stalking and for matters of sending indecent and grossly offensive communications. Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “Some of this behaviour was directed to neighbours, looking in windows and disrupting a Remembrance Day service shouting ‘Allah’ and frightening members of the public. “And there were malicious communications relating to calls to the police referring to cop-killers.” By April, 2015, Dar received 18 months in prison for four breaches of an interim ASBO relating to an incident at Limes Medical Centre, Alfreton, where he talked to his GP about politics, the police and Lee Rigby and the GP’s race and he shouted at staff, according to Judge Bennett.