A 28-year-old Indian-origin man who had pleaded responsible to stalking offences has been sentenced to 2 years and eight months’ imprisonment by a UK courtroom for seven counts of stalking in relation to aggravated offences in opposition to 121 victims.
Vishaal Vijapura was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court in south London on Tuesday and in addition acquired a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a time period of 5 years, which imposes restrictions on his actions below a courtroom order.
Vijapura had pleaded responsible on the similar courtroom to seven counts of stalking involving concern of violence via the web.
“The dedication and commitment from the officers working on the case, with national support from colleagues across the UK, has meant that Vijapura can no longer put these victims at fear of violence,” stated Detective Inspector Paul Smith, from Scotland Yard’s South Area Public Protection Unit.
“Some of the victims police have contacted were too scared to venture out alone after the threats received from Vijapura. The internet is now a safer place with future proofing against ongoing offending from this man in the form of a custodial sentence. This kind of criminality is dangerous and offensive and will absolutely not be tolerated,” he stated.
“The victims within the case have proven nice energy in coming ahead. They have supported the investigation and supplied proof of how Vijapura’s misogynistic behaviour has deeply affected their lives. It is wholly proper that he has acquired a custodial sentence,” he added.
The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised the fees in opposition to Vijapura as an example his overarching stalking behaviour in the direction of 121 recognized victims.
In January 2021, the Metropolitan Police stated it was made conscious of an inventory Vijapura had printed on-line containing victims’ private particulars, in addition to a brief essay making an attempt to justify raping the ladies and extra victims got here to gentle throughout the police investigation.
On many different events, Vijapura took the victims photos from their private social media profiles and printed these with a rhetoric stating that the victims loved outlandish sexual gratification.
He additionally printed posts on-line of them with their private particulars encouraging severe sexual violence in opposition to them, the Met Police stated.
Vijapura despatched lots of the victims — who span throughout 16 police areas of England — direct messages containing “vile and horrific topics with sexualised themes throughout”.
“These victims have supplied proof and impression statements, in addition to offering proof of them receiving or being conscious of on-line correspondence from Vijapura.
Evidence was additionally gathered exhibiting Vijapura recognized the victims on-line after which adopted this up by paying for on-line providers with the intention to receive their names and handle particulars,” the Met Police stated.
Following the publication of the web listing and the related essay, Vijapura was arrested on January 28 final 12 months and subsequently bailed with situations, pending the obtain and evaluation of his many digital units.
In March 2021, Vijapura was arrested once more in relation to a brand new offence and by then he was additionally present in breach of his police bail situations.
The Met Police stated detectives managed a posh investigation involving the forensic evaluation of many units with the intention to achieve the mandatory proof to get Vijapura to face justice in courtroom.