Allegations by Ruth Banks that a colleague at Aberdeen University, Ramyar Chavoshinejad, stalked her have been proven false by Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Ruth Banks is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics at University of Aberdeen, and when colleague Ramyar Chavoshinejad wrote about her daily on his own Facebook page she reported him for stalking.
Representing Ramyar Chavoshinejad, solicitor Les Green, said that Chavoshinejad had stopped posting the messages when asked to, and that Chavoshinejad was “socially inept,” thinking that posting messages about Ruth Banks was the best way to tell her that he was interested in her romantically.
Jonathan Bishop is a cyberstalking expert who founded Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking. “There are many false allegations of stalking and harassment which result even through there has been no communication that perceived inappropriate behaviour from the person who doesn’t want it towards the person doing it prior to police involvement,” he said. “I would like the Crown Prosecution Service to amend its guidance so that if someone claiming to be a victim of harassment or stalking has not made efforts to communicate that is how they feel then they should have little recourse under the law,” he said. “I am pleased the UK Government are looking at the introduction of stalking prevention orders as a means to do this in respect of stranger stalking, but would prefer these to operate like fixed-penalty notices so that people like Ramyar Chavoshinejad are protected from false allegations of stalking.“