Spiritual healer who duped woman into having sex with him to ‘save her marriage’ is jailed

A spiritual healer from Birmingham who duped a vulnerable woman into having sex with him by telling her it would solve her marriage problems has been jailed for 12 years.

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Syed Shah, 30, also conned the 28-year-old woman out of £6,000.

Shah was jailed in October last year after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting another woman he was supposed to be ‘healing’ but after the trial a second victim came forward after seeing an article on a website on Shah sexually assaulting the woman.

Birmingham Crown Court heard this week that Shah told the 28-year-old woman, who had been going through problems in her marriage, that having intercourse with him would heal the marriage.

Prosecuting, Mark Heywood, said Shah “took advantage of the emotional state” after the victim came to him for help with her marriage.

“He took advantage of her for his own sexual and financial gratification.”

She was introduced to Shah in June 2015 by a friend of hers who told her the spiritual healer could help things “settle down” in the marriage.

Mr Heywood said: “After they met he offered to take steps to purify the relationship.

“He required £600 for a ritual sacrifice to be made”.

The victim paid Shah the money but later contacted Shah to him to tell him that nothing have improved in the marriage.

Shah then told the woman two further rituals had to be carried out and “part of that process was to have sex with him or the relationship would fail.”

Mr Heywood said the victim “endured” having sex with Shah after she was told it was the last resort.

The victim later contacted Shah again to tell him that things had not improved in her marriage and he told her she would have to have sex with him again.

She refused and told him that she would find another way to make things better in her marriage.

Shah continued to contact the woman telling her she needed to “resume physical contact” with him in order to make things work between her and her husband.

The woman eventually gave in and had sex with Shah again.

The victim only came forward after seeing an article on a website of Shah being jailed for two years for sexually assaulting another woman after telling her the same bogus story about being a spiritual healer.

She had previously said she is concerned that their could be hundreds of other vulnerable women who may have been targeted by Shah, saying: ‘He showed me pictures of many, many women on his phone.’

During sentencing, Judge Thomas said: “This was a vile set of offences. You abused the high reputation your family name gave you within the community in order to have your will with a perfectly decent and respectable young woman who had the misfortune to be vulnerable because of her personal circumstances. You took advantage of her both sexually and financially.

“You have behaved in a manner that any right thinking person would regard as not just grossly hypocritical but abusive to a very high degree.

“You fought the case and made her go through in public the humiliation of describing what happened to her.”

He was jailed for 12 years and must pay £10,000 compensation to the victim.

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