Man secretly filmed having sex with ‘Muslim woman’ before threatening to blackmail them

A man secretly filmed having sex with Muslim woman he met through family members and on the online Muslim matrimonial website Shaadi.com and then tried to blackmail them for money, Cardiff Crown Court has heard.

Farhan Mirza, 38, allegedly threatened the woman by telling them he would ‘bring shame’ to them by posting the footage online unless they gave him money and gifts.

The jury was shown video clips of one woman having sex with Mirza and another woman getting dressed after having a shower.

Mirza was initially arrested for trying to blackmail a woman he had met through a family member but investigations led police to two other victims.

He threatened the first woman with a video he had secretly recorded and told her he would post it online unless she gave him money.

Even before he threatened her with the video he would demand money from her including £20,000 and £5,000 which she refused to pay but in 2013 she paid £1,500 towards his college fees.

Later that same year he revealed to her that he had taken videos of them having sex.

The court heard the woman did not know if he was telling the truth so searched his laptop and ‘to her horror’ found a video of them having sex and videos of other woman.

She also found copies of her passport and identity card on the laptop and after going to his house she found £70,000 cash hidden in his wardrobe.

When confronted by the woman, Mirza allegedly told her he kept the video clips to blackmail woman for money.

Prosecutor, Timothy Evans, said: “Throughout 2014 Mr Mirza continued to contact her and make further demands from her and if she didn’t give in he would send the video to her relatives,” Mr Evans said.

In August he is alleged to have demanded £500 from her, and £2,000 the following October.

In February 2014 he is accused of stealing a Laptop and jewellery from her and the woman finally went to the police.

A police investigation led to two other victims who he had met through the online Muslim dating website Shaadi.com.

Timothy Evans, prosecuting, said:“It is the prosecution’s case that Mr Mirza is a particular kind of sexual predator and he chooses his victims carefully,”

“Each of these ladies, to a greater or lesser extent, ended up having a relationship with Mr Mirza. The prosecution suggest that via those relationships he tried to get money and services from them.

“The position, the prosecution suggest, is this. Because of their religious and ethnic backgrounds he targeted them because of the terror, embarrassment and humiliation that each of these ladies would have felt in their minds by what this defendant did to them.

“He put each of them in a position where there were videos of them, which they didn’t know about until he landed them with potential humiliation.

“The prosecution case is that as well as using the videos for the purposes of blackmail he also gained sexual gratification from it by looking at it,” Mr Evans said.

Mirza denies four charges of blackmail, three of voyeurism, one of theft and one of fraud by false representation.

The trial continues.

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