Nov 4, 2015

Gumtree faith healer jailed for £3,000 theft

Birmingham Mail
November , 2015

Mohammed Diaby at Birmingham Crown Court
Mohammed Diaby at Birmingham Crown Court
A Gumtree crook who duped his lovelorn victim out of £3,000 during a magic ritual has been jailed for 12 months.

Spiritual healer Mohamed Diaby told her to bring the cash to his home wrapped in white linen.

He pledged to return it – but swopped the money for worthless pieces of paper during a ritual to help her land her married lover.

The victim – who took out a bank loan – said she felt like the “ground had gone from under her feet” when she realised she had been conned.

Diaby, 36, of Green Lane, Handsworth, denied a charge of theft but was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court.

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Carr told him: “You tricked her into bringing to a meeting a number of items including £3,000.

“That was money she could ill afford to lose.

“This was a mean and nasty offence committed in breach of trust on a particularly vulnerable victim.”

Gary Cook, prosecuting, said the victim asked for Diaby’s help with her relationship with the married man.

The crook got her to perform a number of rituals, which he claimed would “release the bad luck,” including burying items in a park and bathing in “special” water.

She initially paid him £300 and had promised to hand over another £500 when she married the man.

The court heard Diaby told her she would tie the knot with the man, while another ritual required her to take needles, eggs, with the man’s name written on them and the £3,000 to the crook’s home.

The victim discovered she had been duped when she opened the package at a petrol station after leaving.

Diaby, who said he had inherited his gifts from his father, claimed the victim was unhappy because the process did not seem to be working and denied taking any money.

Kevin Waddingham, defending, said Diaby spent his early life in France before coming to the UK in 2000 and had worked in the security industry and factories.

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