March 9 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, February 20, 2014
A teenager who used Facebook to threaten and rob a vulnerable victim deserved to be put behind bars according to top judges.
Ali Nawaz Kayani, 18, was appealing against his 18-month sentence after admitting counts of blackmail, robbery and fraud.
The Appeal Court heard on Tuesday that the Longwood Gardens, Clayhall, resident and an accomplice preyed on a 17-year-old boy with a mental age of 12, “blackmailing him in a series of Facebook messages”.
The terror campaign consisted of threats of violence against the victim and his family if he failed to hand over valuables.
They continued to pursue him relentlessly, according to the judge, forcing him to give up £2,600 in cash, an iPad and gold jewellery.
Kayani claims he was not aware of his victim’s low mental age and says he never specifically targeted him.
But Mr Justice Eder rejecting the appeal said: “If you threaten people over Facebook, you take your victims as you find them.
“This was not a single threat, but a series of threats. The victim was put in real fear.
“We are not persuaded that the sentences were manifestly excessive.”