UK court fines Egyptian who ‘posed as Saudi prince’ and threatened women

Khaled Abdelhakam, a 28-year-old Egyptian man in London, approached two women and claimed he was from the Saudi royal family - before presenting them with a proposition. (Shutterstock)

A UK court has fined a financial analyst who posed as a Saudi prince and threatened two women who refused his offer to pay for sex.

According to UK newspaper The Telegraph,  Khaled Abdelhakam, a 28-year-old Egyptian man, approached hostess Gioia Forte and model Chloe Othen saying he was from the Saudi royal family and invited them to accompany him to parties.

The two decided against going with him when he said they would have to have sex with him.

Abdelhakam was charged with sending a torrent of threatening phone calls and text messages to the women.

Prosecutor Denise Johnson told the Westminster Magistrates' Court that Abdelhakam “offered Othen $13,128 for sex and $3,938 to give him the details of any girl that would oblige him,” according to the report.

Abdelhakam had reportedly contacted Othen after seeing her Instagram pictures.

‘Consequences’ for refusal

On her refusal, he threatened her that “there will be consequences for her” and sent her repeated messages, said the prosecutor.

Fiorte who works as a hostess at a Mayfair club, also turned him down and he responded with a series of text messages threatening to tell her boyfriend and place of work that she was a prostitute, Johnson said.

Abdelhakam’s lawyer Bill Nash told the court that his client was “not a man of any particular substance,” earns $3,150 a month.

The Egyptian man, born in Canada and educated at Sorbonne University in Paris and The Imperial College in London, found “the embarrassment of coming to court affects his good character, which is so important to him.”

Abdelhakam admitted two counts of harassment without violence.

Because of Abdelhakam’s guilty plea and previous good character, the court fined him $787 for each of the two offences.

Additionally, he was asked him to pay $1,766 towards victim surcharge and towards prosecution costs.

The victims were not granted compensation nor did Abdelhakam face a restraining order.

“We have been lenient with you but the next bench may not be,” the court said.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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