A stalker who used an Amazon Alexa device to spy on his ex-girlfriend before threatening to stab her boyfriend and throw acid in her face has been spared jail.
Scorned boyfriend Hassan Mehmet, 35, waged a campaign of harassment against Shelby Laidlaw, warning he would pull her teeth out after he deliberately crashed her Jaguar in a motorway suicide attempt.
While on police bail, he used the Alexa to listen in on Ms Laidlaw’s conversations, bombarded her with hundreds of messages and threatened to attack her new boyfriend.
Mehmet, who is from Southwark, southeast London, pleaded guilty to a string of offences, including stalking and dangerous driving, but was spared jail at the Old Bailey.
Hassan Mehmet, 35, waged a campaign of harassment against Shelby Laidlaw, who he had been in a relationship with for 13 years, warning he would pull her teeth out after he deliberately crashed her Jaguar in a motorway suicide attempt
The couple had been in a relationship for 13 years before it ended in April.
Mehmet was detained on April 13 for coercive and controlling behaviour and domestic common assault after it was alleged that he bit Ms Laidlaw on her head.
He was arrested and released on police bail multiple times for alleged offences against Ms Laidlaw before he was finally remanded in custody on 22 July last year.
Mehmet embarked on his campaign of harassment while on bail, using the Alexa device to listen in on private conversations.
He also sent his victim hundreds of messages and emails detailing a string of serious threats that included stabbing Ms Laidlaw in the neck and assaulting her with acid.
In an impact statement read out in court, Ms Laidlaw said: ‘I was worried Hassan was going to carry out the threats.
‘Hassan has been abusive in our relationship.
‘The whole situation has left me feeling really drained and I’m scared of ever seeing him again as I feel he has no regard for authority.’
While on police bail, Mehmet used the Alexa to listen in on Ms Laidlaw’s conversations, bombarded her with hundreds of messages and threatened to attack her new boyfriend. [File image]
James Lachkovic, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey: ‘On 21 April she allowed Mehmet to accompany her on a hospital visit with her.
‘In the car afterwards he threatened to use a knife on a male friend of hers and showed her a knife. She was so scared that she allowed him to borrow her car.
‘On 22 April he came to her address and threatened to throw acid in her face before driving off in her car.
‘On that same day he sent 118 messages and he sent further messages in the days following.’
Later that day, Mehmet drove Ms Laidlaw’s car on the M20, where he deliberately drove off the motorway and crashed the vehicle.
He told police he was trying to hurt himself because of the breakdown of his relationship, the court heard.
Mehmet was taken to hospital and visited Ms Laidlaw at her address after he was discharged. Between 26 and 27 April he sent her 266 messages, from different numbers, from the hospital.
Judge Philip Katz told Mehmet: ‘This is an appalling course of conduct against your partner between April, June and July 2022.
‘You were repeatedly messaging, calling, messaging on Facebook, spying on her with Alexa. It is appalling.
‘The whole thing is simply a disgusting course of conduct.
‘Later on it seems you tried to kill yourself with a car which was a selfish and dangerous thing to do.
‘At the end of the day, the concerns that I had that you were just the sort of individual who would go out and kill her as a result of problems with you personality; my fears about that have been put to rest by the information made available to me.’
Mehmet has 29 convictions for 36 offences between 2001 and 2017, with his previous crimes included robbery, affray, burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, criminal damage, theft and handling stolen goods.
Manisha Knights, defending, said her client was ‘very, very, very’ unwell at the time of the incident and was suffering from emotional unstable personality disorder.
‘His mental health was at an absolute low.’
Mehmet was sentenced to a suspended two year prison sentence, while a stalking order and a restraining order will both be in place for 10 years.
He will also be subject to trail monitoring for nine months and have to undertake 30 days rehabilitation.
He was banned from the roads for 12 months and must retake his driving test before he can drive again.