A DOCTOR has been convicted of hijacking the course of justice after creating false messages to his roommate to sabotage his relationships.
General practitioner Javed Saumtally is said to have sent offensive texts to himself and invented a police officer as part of a plan of deception.
The 28-year-old could be jailed after being convicted of what prosecutors called “determined” and “technologically clever” deception.
He denied the accusation of hijacking the course of justice, but was found guilty on Monday, September 6, after a trial at Hove Crown Court.
Jurors took five hours and 12 minutes to unanimously convict Saumtally guilty.
Judge Jeremy Gold QC told him he had to prepare for an “almost inevitable jail term”.
The case has been adjourned for a report to be prepared and Saumtally will be sentenced on October 18.
During the trial, prosecutor Jonathan Atkinson said the accused began “sending abusive and derogatory messages from unknown numbers” to his roommate.
He told jurors that the various lies were part of a “concerted ploy by Saumtally to willfully undermine his roommate’s relationship …”.
“He was devious, he was determined and technologically savvy.
“No one else had to win, he had the motive, he had the means throughout these incidents.
“He created fake exhibits and lied to the police. ”
Saumtally denied having forged text messages when he testified at trial.
It was suggested to him that he was jealous of his roommate, with whom he had previously had a brief relationship.
Defense attorney Janet Weeks argued that Saumtally’s roommate’s absence from the trial meant there were “just too many unanswered questions without him testifying.”
Saumtally spent six years at Brighton and Sussex Medical School before qualifying in 2017.
He worked as a young doctor in Brighton before going to work in a hospital in Ipswich.
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This notice was published: 2021-09-06 13:45:14