Power and people, they do say it triggers a sense of being untouchable, well Leicester Crown Court has been hearing how a former special constable threatened to burn down a family’s house, stab them and shoot one of them.
The Crown Court was told that the threats were contained in a series of letters and text messages sent by Shahib Asan over several months.
The court was also informed that Asan, of Saltersgate Drive, Birstall, also damaged a car belonging to one of his victims when it was parked in a street in East Goscote, in August, 2016, by throwing what was believed to be paint stripper over it.
23-year-old Asan sent “vile” messages to a father and daughter of the family, who were formerly close family friends, in August last year.
At a hearing in the same month, he was also sentenced for offences he admitted, including criminal damage, two counts of intent to pervert the course of justice between between August 2016 and April 2017 and harassment with threats of violence.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid – a Captor spray, illegally taken from Leicestershire Police – at a previous hearing.
Asan was today 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. Asan had claimed that the messages were sent via someone who had hacked his email account, but
Judge Ebraham Mooncey told Asan “There’s an air of arrogance and superiority about you.”
“But hopefully after today your attitude will change.”
He said the victim’s family had “suffered” by the defendant’s actions.
Both families had previously been close but now their friendships had been lost.
Judge Mooncey told Asan: “You have lost your good character and the career in the police that you had in mind.”
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.”