Cab driver bombarded Jemima Khan with calls and texts after she agreed to a selfie Published: 2 months ago By: Latest News In Urdu
Hassan harassed Jemima Khan with more than a thousand calls and texts
A black cab driver bombarded Jemima Khan with more than 1,000 phone calls and messages after she posed for a selfie with him.
A minicab driver bombarded Jemima Khan with a barrage of more than 1,000 phone calls and texts after getting her number from the cab app Halo.
Hassan Mahhmood, 27, pleaded guilty to mounting a campaign of harassment against the 43-year-old journalist for more than a year.
He became obsessed with Ms Khan after she posed for a selfie with him when he gave her and her friends a lift home, Isleworth Crown Court was told.
Mahhmood, from Waltham Forest, got her number when she booked a taxi through ride-hailing service Halo, the court heard.
He then sent 203 text messages, called her mobile phone 1,182 times and sent her "loads" of WhatsApp messages.
Prosecutor Ruxana Ali said the defendant told Ms Khan, who is also known by her maiden name Goldsmith, that he "loved her", "wanted to know her" and asked her "why he could not be friends with her".
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She said Mahhmood used 18 different mobile phones to carry out his campaign of harassment.
Ms Khan, who is the daughter of the late billionaire entrepreneur Sir James Goldsmith and the sister of MP Zac Goldsmith, finally spoke to police after Mahhmood told her he wanted to visit her home.
Mahhmood appeared in court on Thursday wearing a grey suit, white shirt and black tie, speaking to confirm his name before pleading guilty to a charge of harassment without violence between June 16 last year and July 18 this year.
He pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of stalking the campaigner, which was allowed to lie on file.
The prosecutor said: "Have spoken to the complainant. She is satisfied with that result and clearly it will save a lot of anxiety and stress to her if this course is taken and she is fully behind this decision."
Mahhmood's barrister Umar Ali said the minicab driver was a "big fan" of Ms Khan because of her nine-year marriage to Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan, with whom she has two sons.
The court heard Mahhmood has no previous convictions but the prosecutor said he should be sentenced on the basis of his "persistent pestering behaviour".
Judge Martin Edmunds QC adjourned sentencing to a later date.