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Man jailed for abusive messages to MP

News   •   Aug 16, 2017 15:24 BST

[Sentenced: Zakariyya Farah]

A man who sent abusive and threatening voicemail messages to a serving member of parliament has been jailed.

Zakariyya Farah, 27 (02.07.1990), of St. Anne’s Road, N15 was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, 16 August after he was found guilty of malicious communications.

The court heard how on 7 December, 2015 the victim received an abusive voicemail which threatened and abused her.

An audio recording of the telephone call was seized by police and an investigation was commenced by officers; focused around identifying the user of the telephone number used to make the call.

Following intelligence enquiries, Farah was arrested at his home address on 12 January 2016 and interviewed. He was subsequently bailed pending further investigation.

A comparison took place between the recording left on the machine and the interview of Farah. An expert witness concluded that there was evidence to suggest that Farah was in fact the person who left the voice message on the voicemail of the MP.

Farah returned on bail on 23 November 2016 and was charged with malicious communications.

On Monday, 14 August 2017 a trial commenced at Southwark Crown Court.

When giving evidence Farah protested his innocence and denied knowledge of the phone call being made despite agreeing that the phone used to make the call belonged to him.

The recording in question was analysed and compared to the voice of the defendant and expert evidence, provided by Professor Peter French of J .P French associates - the UK’s most experienced expert in the field of forensic speech and acoustics - enabled the jury to accurately consider the case in full and reach their verdict.

DC Karl Latham, who led the investigation for Haringey CID, said:

“Malicious communications will not be tolerated. This investigation goes to show that these matters will be investigated in their entirety and the offenders brought to justice and put before the courts to face justice. I hope that this case serves as a warning to others who think they can get away with abusing or threatening an MP or anyone else for that matter.”