A twenty-year-old man from Chigwell has been jailed admitting to harassing and stalking Jewish women because of their religion, and for religiously aggravated robbery of a Jewish man.
Sam Hemmati is reported to have bombarded numerous Jewish victims with antisemitic messages on several social media platforms, and to have stalked and harassed eight women between September 2018 and March 2019.
The messages included references to the Holocaust and sexually explicit material, and he repeatedly contacted the women despite requests to stop.
Mr Hemmati had also pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated robbery of a Jewish man in London in July.
He was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on 28th November to three years in prison for all the offences.
Inspector Jason Scrivener, from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, said: “The nature of Hemmati’s online communications can only be described as vile. He took pleasure in hounding his innocent victims using online channels, subjecting them to the most horrendous vitriol about their religion. This case highlights how seriously the police takes religiously motivated offences and I am pleased that he will now have a long spell behind bars to reflect on his actions.”