Nelson man fined for harassing sister

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A mother-of-two was “harassed” by her brother after her marriage to his friend broke down and she wed someone else, a court heard.

Burnley Magistrates Court was told how Arshad Mohammed (41) began being verbally abusive to Shahin Rumley every time he saw her after she married a man she had met at work.

On March 11th, he had struck in view of their mother and niece, causing an “unpleasant confrontation” when Mrs Rumley returned home at 10-45pm.

The court heard the victim suffered stress because of the incidents, had to go and see her doctor because of anxiety and her sleep had been affected.

She found it difficult to relax and didn’t feel comfortable going out alone. Mohammed lived on the next street and Mrs Rumley now took detours as she was scared and nervous of what might happen.

The defendant, of Clayton Street, Nelson, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour with intent to cause the victim harassment, alarm or distress.

District Judge James Clarke told Mohammed: “From what I have heard there is a previous history there.”

The defendant was fined £200 and was ordered to pay £150 compensation, a £20 statutory surcharge and £85 costs. Mohammed was made subject to a 12 month restraining order, banning him from contacting Mrs Rumley and from going into Albion Street, Nelson.

Tracy Yates (prosecuting), said the victim was first married about 27 years ago, but the pair spent most of this time apart.

They divorced in 2012 and in 2013, Mrs Rumley married a man she met working at Manchester Airport. Mohammed then began being verbally abusing her every time he saw her.

The prosecutor said: “This has put pressure on her relationship with the rest of the family. She has been absent from work for four weeks due to stress.”

John Rusius (defending Mohammed), said he didn’t want to come into contact with Mrs Rumley at all and went to great lengths to avoid coming into contact with her.

The solicitor added: “He says ‘I’m more scared of her than she is of me’.

“He says she’s doing worse and he hopes she’s going to be brought to court. It’s with some frustration he enters his guilty plea.”