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Jealous doctor, 28, who sent fake threatening texts and screenshots to his male ex lover in bid to sabotage his relationships because he was still ‘obsessed’ with him is jailed for 15 months
- Javed Saumtally, 28, was ‘obsessed’ with his male flatmate, who he’d had a brief relationship with in Brighton, East Sussex
- The doctor waged an 18-month campaign of harassment to drive his flatmate away from other relationships, by faking abusive texts and WhatsApp messages
- One man was held in custody for 15 hours and had his IT equipment confiscated
- Saumtally, who worked on the NHS front line during the Covid pandemic, has been jailed for 15 months for perverting the course of justice
A doctor who spun a web of lies in an attempt to sabotage his ex’s other relationships has been jailed for 15 months.
Javed Saumtally, 28, was ‘obsessed’ with his flatmate and still carried a torch for him after the pair had a brief relationship while living in Brighton, East Sussex.
During an 18 month campaign of harassment, the jealous doctor faked abusive texts from others in order to stop his flatmate from moving on.
He also created bogus screenshots on WhatsApp in an elaborate deception to make it look as if his flatmate’s new partner had been unfaithful.
Saumtally, who now lives Ipswich, Suffolk, showed ‘absurd obsessive behaviour’, his own defence barrister said.
Javed Saumtally (right) covers up as he leaves Hove Crown Court during the trial
The court heard Saumtally has been on the NHS front line at the peak of the Covid pandemic
He appeared at Hove Crown Court for sentencing today after being convicted of perverting the course of justice following a trial.
During the trial, it was heard that Saumtally carried out an 18-month campaign of harassing and threatening messages to his flatmate – culminating in the summer of 2018.
He allowed his friend to believe that this abuse was the work of the friend’s ex-partner.
Saumtally continued this harassment even though he was aware of how severely the ordeal was affecting his friend’s well-being, encouraging him to leave Brighton and move to Ipswich to live with him.
His flat-mate’s ex-partner, a completely innocent man, was arrested twice by police as a result of Saumtally’s false allegations and kept in custody both times. This young man, an ex-Ghurkha soldier of ‘impeccable character’, almost lost his job as a result and his training as a military nurse was interrupted for months.
Facing the doctor in court, this man said the false accusations he faced were ‘life-changing’.
‘It was deeply hurtful to have our time together ruined in such a bitter way,’ he added, referring to Saumtally’s flatmate.
He said the 56 days he spent waiting for the police to return his IT devices ‘felt like Covid isolation’.
He added: ‘It’s so important for me to get justice and find out why such deceitful lies were told to me.’
In July 2018, Saumtally’s flatmate, by now living near him in Ipswich, began a new relationship – which Saumtally set about sabotaging.
He used spoofing technology to create WhatsApp images as well as fake emails from police; and persuaded his flatmate that the young man was cheating on him. He also reported this young man to Suffolk Police for harassment.
Prosecutor Jonathan Atkinson told jurors the various lies were part of a ‘concerted ploy’ by Saumtally to deliberately undermine the relationships of his flatmate.
Mr Atkins said Saumtally wanted to make his ex feel threatened, ‘all the while pretending to act as an understanding friend and companion’.
Saumtally has now been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his deception
He added: ‘He was devious, he was determined and technologically adept.’
‘No-one else stood to gain, he had the motive, he had the means throughout these incidents.’
Defence barrister Janet Weeks said Saumtally has now expressed remorse and has accepted responsibility.
She described his actions as ‘absurd obsessive behaviour’ but cited his ‘truly exemplary conduct outside his offending’.
Judge Jeremy Gold QC said it was a ‘tragedy’ that a doctor such as Saumtally, who had been praised for his work on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, should carry out such serious offending and end up in court.
Judge Gold said that Saumtally had ‘developed an unhealthy obsession’ with his flatmate and took ‘extraordinary steps’.
Investigator Rose Horan, who probed the case for Sussex Police, said: ‘Javed Saumtally was right at the centre of each incident. He went to enormous lengths to perpetrate an intricate deception.
‘He was devious, manipulative and technologically adept. His motive appears to have been an obsessive jealousy of his flat-mate’s relationships, and a dogged determination to sabotage each and every one.’
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