Fake doctor jailed for secretly recording sex tapes and blackmailing women with them

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A predatory fantasist has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for blackmailing Muslim women using intimate films he took of them without their knowledge.

Farhan Mirza, 38, secretly filmed the women and threatened to share the footage online before demanding money.

He pretended to be a doctor, hung surgical scrubs in his wardrobe and carried a stethoscope in his car in a bid to impress the women, some of whom he met online. He made three victims believe he was wealthy and looking for marriage.

Farhan Mirza (Gwent Police/PA)
(Gwent Police/PA)

Cardiff Crown Court heard the father-of-one was in fact a taxi driver living with his mother in a terraced house in Abertillery, South Wales.

Mirza was convicted of two charges of voyeurism, three of blackmail, theft, fraud, and two charges of sexual assault following a trial at the court.

Judge Tom Crowther QC described Mirza's actions as "a pitiless scheme" and said he had shown "contempt" for the three women he targeted.

"Each of them was looking for a long-term relationship or marriage and in each case you led them to believe you were open to that in order to lure them into a sexual relationship," the judge said.

"You photographed two of the women without their knowledge - one during sex and one after. You let the third believe you had taken intimate photographs. You threatened release of photographs into the world.

(Gwent Police/PA)
(Gwent Police/PA)

"The fear of exposure of unguarded and private moments is a universal one. There is, however, an additional factor at play here. Each of these women was Muslim by faith and by heritage.

"Each of them knew the consequences of these films being released was devastating."

One woman told the jury her liberal family, who do not live in the UK, would disown her and she feared for their safety if the films were made public.

He told his first victim he was an IT consultant and repeatedly lied, marrying another woman while they were dating. The woman later discovered films made of her during sex on his laptop, as well as copies of her ID passes, her academic degrees, her passport and her contacts book.

Farhan Mirza (Ben Birchall/PA)
(Ben Birchall/PA)

He promised  his second victim a £25,000 ring and demanded £3,500 as a "down payment" for a motorbike in return. He later threatened to "make her famous" with naked photographs he had taken.

He told his third victim he was a doctor and met her in a borrowed Mercedes, wearing a stethoscope.

Mirza blew kisses to the public gallery as he was led away to begin his prison sentence of eight-and-a-half years.

Speaking after the case, Pc Pat Maguire of Gwent Police - who was commended by the judge - said Mirza had shown no remorse for his crimes.

He said: "Mirza purposefully targeted women from a culture where honour is held in high regard and used this to strengthen his threats and make them feel more vulnerable and alone."