McDonald's worker, 26, blackmailed and preyed on 2,000 victims after posing as stock broker on sugar daddy sites

A SADISTIC McDonald's worker who blackmailed and preyed on 2,000 victims has been jailed for 32 years.

Abdul Elahi, 26, from Birmingham, posed as a rich stockbroker on sugar daddy websites before blackmailing his victims into performing degrading sexual acts.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said investigators were left stunned by the "industrial-scale" of Elahi's worldwide offending which "wrecked lives and families".

In court, Elahi was described as being "in a league of his own" in terms of the sheer scale of his offending, often "juggling" tens of potential victims while posing as a wealthy stockbroker offering financial help.

Some women and young girls were blackmailed into abusing a baby or a sibling by Elahi, who had offered to pay off debts with Bitcoin.

Elahi, whose youngest victim was just nine months old, also "acted as a mentor" to other online abusers, the court heard.

As well as posing as a finance worker, Elahi pretended to be a doctor, typically offering to pay large sums of money for intimate images, which he then used to coerce victims into filming increasingly degrading sexual acts.

In one series of offences, a teenager was told her parents would be killed if she did not comply with his orders.

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The evil pervert sold footage featuring his victims to paedophiles around the world in packaged box sets.

Elahi would then launder the money he made through Amazon gift cards and buy electrical goods to sell on for cash.

Passing sentence on Elahi, Judge Sarah Buckingham said he had caused such distress while bullying and threatening women and girls that some had considered taking their own lives.

The judge told Elahi:"Your distribution of indecent images was on a vast scale, which allowed you to make money.

"You inhabited a raft of 'sugar daddy' websites targeting financially desperate women.

"You plainly derived pleasure from the agony you caused — with complete disregard for your victims' suffering.

"There was a sadistic element to your offending, demonstrated through the blackmail and the relentless targeting of children and young adults."

You plainly derived pleasure from the agony you caused — with complete disregard for your victims' suffering

One victim — a schoolgirl at the time of the offences — said she tried to take a paracetamol overdose after learning Elahi had uploaded her images to Twitter.

She said: "I would say for two years this person has ruined my life, I was heartbroken. I remember my 16th birthday, I spent the night crying, I was severely depressed.

"I am trying to move on but I find it very hard, I feel that this will be with me for the rest of my life."

Another teenage victim said: "Knowing that this cancerous polyp of a human being has been caught gives me great relief.

"To know his vile reign of terror is over gives me relief."

'WRECKED LIVES AND FAMILIES'

Tony Cook, NCA Head of CSA operations, said: "Abdul Elahi is a depraved sadist who got sexual gratification through power and control over his victims whom he often goaded to the point of wanting to kill themselves.

"He has wrecked lives and families."

Sophie Mortimer, of the Revenge Porn Helpline, said: "This is a long-awaited day for Elahi's very many victims.

"The Revenge Porn Helpline has been working for two and half years and has removed 135,000 individual images on behalf of those affected, equalling a 90 per cent takedown rate.

"We hope that every person affected by this feels some small sense of closure today, we know that their priority is the removal of this content.

"We will continue to work in the weeks and months ahead to report this content and we would encourage anyone with any concerns about their own images to get in touch with us and we will do everything we can to offer advice and support."

Co-defendant Kirsty Nicholls, 36, of Northolt, Middlesex, was jailed for six years and nine months for helping Elahi to make indecent images.

Nicholls, who met Elahi on a so-called sugar daddy website, was also arrested after a lengthy investigation by the National Crime Agency.


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