A man from Redhill police called a “violent and controlling bully” has been locked up after subjecting a young woman to a sustained campaign of harassment and abuse.
Raheeb Ibrahim, aged 25, stalked and abused the woman over a three-month period – demanding to know where she was at all times and bombarding her with text and social media messages.
On one occasion, on New Year’s Eve 2020, Ibrahim flew into a rage at his victim when she was accused of flirting with another man.
After pushing her to the floor he grabbed her with both hands around her neck.
He later followed the victim in a hire car as she left her home and yelled at her to “get in the car” – causing her to flee in panic.
Throughout this period of abuse Ibrahim demanded his victim send him regular updates of her location, and would use frequent video calls to check on where she was.
If she failed to answer he would become aggressive and abusive.
He was arrested on 18 January when he was pulled over in his car and found in possession of cannabis.
He later denied all the allegations against him and accused his victim of making them up.
However, he later pleaded guilty to four offences: stalking with fear of violence, assault by beating, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and possessing cannabis.
Appearing for sentence at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, Ibrahim, of Redhill Lodge Drive, Redhill, was jailed for two-and-a-half years. He was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim for the next five years.
Police Investigator Christopher Smith, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Ibrahim is a violent, cowardly and controlling bully who mounted an appalling campaign of harassment against a young woman who was left in very real fear for her safety.
“His behaviour throughout this period was genuinely shocking and I am pleased he has now been brought to justice. The victim in this case acted with commendable courage and dignity to bring this disgraceful behaviour to our attention and give such compelling evidence throughout the judicial process. I hope this sentence provides her with some degree of comfort.”