Sheffield taxi driver Zafar Rahmen harassed wife Shazia Riaz after break up

Mail Online | 9/11/2019 | Lara Keay For Mailonline
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A taxi driver subjected his estranged wife to a horrific campaign of harassment after she found out about his other family and broke up with him, a court heard.

Zafar Rahmen, 55, married Shazia Riaz, 47, in an Islamic ceremony even though he was already married to another woman and had five children.

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The immigration lawyer found out about his other family, who lived in a house 40 miles away, and decided to split up with him.

But instead of accepting the break-up, Rahmen bombarded her with malicious messages, set up a blog in a bid to smear her and threatened her there were people watching her house '12 hours a day', Manchester Magistrates Court heard.

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He also turned up uninvited at her law practice in Manchester were he told her colleagues they were still married.

Rahmen, of Tinsley, Sheffield, admitted stalking and criminal damage and was banned from contacting his estranged wife for two years.

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He was ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work, pay £170 court costs and attend a course on 'building better relationships'.

The court was told Rahmen made Ms Riaz's life a 'living ****' after she decided to leave him, stalking her and frightening her two children by coming to her house.

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The hearing was told the pair had met in May 2018 and Rahmen subsequently proposed to her under Islamic law.

Prosecutor Joanne Moore said: 'Due to the fact that she had children she didn't want to cause disruption and they remained living separately until the children got used to him.

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'However in June 2018 she found out through one of the defendant's friends he was still married to another woman and had five children and she felt betrayed.

'They still got married but in June 2019 his first wife became aware of their marriage and Ms...
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