Bogus doctor ‘secretly filmed himself having sex with Muslim women then blackmailed them by threatening to put footage on the internet’
- Farhan Mirza is accused of voyeurism, blackmail, theft and fraud
- He allegedly demanded money to prevent bringing shame to the women
- The jury at Cardiff Crown Court saw clips including one of him having sex
- His trial continues and is expected to last five days
An Asian man secretly filmed himself having sex with Muslim women he had met on a dating website before threatening to put the footage online, a court heard.
‘Sexual predator’ Farhan Mirza, 38, is accused of targeting three women, secretly filming them and then threatening to bring shame upon them and their families by publishing the videos unless they gave him money and gifts.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Mirza is accused of voyeurism, blackmail, theft and fraud – including pretending to be a doctor – in order to commit a string of offences over a three-year period.
The jury of four men and eight women watched a series of video clips, which included one woman having sex with the defendant and another alleged victim getting dressed after having had a shower.
Timothy Evans, prosecuting, told the jury told that the case was very sensitive and the three alleged victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were Muslim women with connections to other countries.
‘It is the prosecution’s case that Mr Mirza is a particular kind of sexual predator and he chooses his victims carefully,’ he said.
‘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.
‘It is one thing to persuade a partner to help you out or beg. It is reprehensible generally to lie to a partner to achieve something and what the prosecution suggests is that Mr Mirza went further than that.’
He allegedly told one woman he was a ‘wealthy doctor’ but used a fake name.
Their relationship, which lasted a few months, ended after she found out about his lies.
But the court heard he kept ’embarassing’ footage – showing her in just a bath towel before taking it off to put on her bra which she says she never knew was being filmed.
The two women were contacted by police after an investigation involving a third woman who reported being threatened by Mirza.
She told police Mirza had threatened to release a video to her family in Pakistan of them having sex.
She also said Mirza persuaded her to give him thousands of pounds in cash during their relationship, and then blackmailed her with the sex video if she didn’t continue funding him after they split up.
She said she found £70,000 in cash in his wardrobe.
He added: ‘After they split up, he demanded £2,000, telling her there were “consequences” if she didn’t pay.’
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Mirza is accused of voyeurism, blackmail, theft and fraud – including pretending to be a doctor – in order to commit a string of offences.
Mirza allegedly threatened to make her ‘famous’ by releasing the sex tape – and the court heard she continued giving him money for two years until she went to police.
He was also said to have stolen jewellery, clothes, and a laptop from her home.
Police arrested Mirza after he allegedly began sending the woman a video showing ‘various images of death’ which she took as a threat.
His laptop and phone were confiscated, and information on them led police to the two other women.
Mirza, of Arael View, Abertillery, South Wales denies four charges of blackmail, three of voyeurism, one of theft and one of fraud by false representation.
The trial, expected to last five days, continues.