Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Comissioner Alison Hernandez is to give others advice on how to overcome being a victim of stalking and abuse.
She'll address a seminar being held at Exeter Golf and Country Club by a new Exeter business group called Fernpower, which aims to help empower women in business who are faced with obstacles like discrimination or domestic abuse.
A man who stalked a woman for 18 months after she once served him in a shop has been jailed for 18 months.
Rohit Sharma, 28, of Empire Court, Wembley, proposed to the victim on the day he met her in a shop in Wembley.
At the height of his harassment Sharma was messaging the victim up to 40 times a day, after obtaining her phone number.
The victim, who was in her 20s, reported Sharma to police and in February 2018 he was issued
with a harassment warning. However, this did not deter him and his campaign of
stalking and harassment continued.
In July 2018, Sharma was charged with harassment but after being bailed
from court he continued to pursue his victim.
Sharma’s stalking continued persistently to such a point that the victim
quit her job and moved away from the area in an attempt to get away from him.
“This whole experience has completely shattered my nerves, I have gone
from being a confident young woman to constantly feeling scared and on edge," the victim said.
have no desire to socialise or meet new people."
On 16 April 2019, Sharma was arrested by police after intelligence
linked him to an address in North End Road, Wembley.
He pleaded guilty to stalking and harassment at Isleworth Crown Court and was sentenced to 29 months in jail on Wednesday.
A restraining order was also issued, preventing Sharma from entering the boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hillingdon.
The Judge ordered that Sharma – an Indian national – be considered for
deportation on the completion of his prison sentence.