Issued on 14/2/19 at 4:06 p.m.
A former Leicestershire Police special constable has been handed a suspended sentence after being found guilty of harassment at Leicester Crown Court.
Shahib Asan, 23, of Birstall, sent threatening and abusive texts to his victim between 15 and 16 August 2018.
He was also sentenced for offences he admitted at a previous hearing. These were criminal damage, two counts of intent to pervert the course of justice and harassment with threats of violence, which he admitted at a hearing in August 2018.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid at a previous hearing. Asan was found to have taken his force-issued Captor spray off force property and was dismissed from Leicestershire Police in relation to this offence in November 2017.
Asan was given a 12 month suspended sentence suspended for two years and ordered to undertake 180 hours unpaid work. He was also given an indefinite restraining order.
The court heard how Asan, as a form of harassment, sent threatening letters and text messages to the victims over a period of months, on one occasion threatening to burn down their house. He also threatened to stab the victims, and in one text message, threatened to shoot one of them.
He also damaged a car belonging to a victim as it was parked in a street in East Goscote, by throwing what was believed to be paint stripper over it.
Throughout the investigation, Asan made an allegation that his email account had been hacked. The messages were sent, all with the same tone, to make it appear he was being framed by ‘the real suspect’.
Officer in the Case, Anna Thorpe, from the force’s Complex Investigation Team, said: “Asan terrorised his victims over a number of months, leaving them feeling vulnerable and at risk of harm. He targeted an entire family, sending abusive messages to a number of them and addressing the threatening letters to everyone in the family.
“They have been through two years of living in fear of Asan, not knowing when the next letter or message would come.”