Vishal Nahar, 20, is the sibling of Rukku Nahar, who plays Asha Kaur in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.
The brother of a Hollyoaks TV star embarked on a cruel campaign of harassment against his own aunt, bombarding her with hoax calls and covering her car with filthy food debris, a court heard.
Rukku Nahar, who starred in Hollyoaks as Asha and also featured in the CBBC TV series Wolfblood and the hospital series’ Casualty and Doctors, sat in court to support her brother and her cousin as they were sentenced for the vile campaign which reduced their 50-year-old victim to a nervous wreck.
Sitting alongside her father in the public gallery at the magistrates court, the actress listened intently as a prosecutor told of the appalling catalogue of abuse and torture aimed at Ms Nahar’s aunt.
The court heard how Rukku’s brother, 20-year-old Vishal Nahar and her cousin 19-year-old Aman Gill sent her creepy computerised voice messages telling her she was being watched; Covered her car in flour, eggs, fried chicken, tomato ketchup, brown sauce and honey and mocked her efforts to clean it off; stuffed boxes of fried chicken into her front and back windscreen wipers and spread ketchup into the door handles of her car.
And followed her when she fled to her mother’s home and continued terrorising her, telling “check your brakes,” scaring her to the point the AA had to tow her car home.
The harassment, which continued on Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2017, left their aunt suicidal.
Yesterday (Sunday) Rukku’s aunt Sandy Nahar told how she was amazed to discover that her nephews were the culprits, after she set up a CCTV dashcam on her car.
The tearful 50-year-old said: “I don’t know why they were doing it to me, because I haven’t seen them for years. Someone must have said something to them to turn them against me. I don’t understand why they did what they did and I’ll probably never find out. Even if they do tell me, it will probably be a pack of lies.
“Whatever reason they thought they had, nobody has a right to ruin another human being’s life. Nobody has a right to go into someone’s life and change it all and turn it upside down like they did. It’s just not right.”
Vishal Nahar and Gill had originally denied harassment at a hearing in August at Luton Magistrates’ Court but changed their pleas to guilty at a hearing at the same court last week.
Sandy said that the dashcam CCTV footage, which showed three figures running around her car, hitting it, and throwing eggs at it, had allowed the police to identify Vishal Nahar.
She said she was able to identify his clothes and a limp he had because he’d just had an operation for a hereditary bone condition.
Police had also found last minute evidence before a further court date this month (Oct) which showed that Aman Gill had downloaded an app on December 7 last year called PrankDial, which he used to send the pre-recorded prank calls to his aunt.
“That’s how they got him. When they looked into the details of the app, Aman’s number came up,” Sandy said, speaking at her home in Bedford.
The third figure, a women, in the CCTV footage was never identified.
Miss Nahar said that at the sentencing hearing, Gill’s mother (Sandy’s sister) and Vishal’s father (Sandy’s brother) attended, as well as Rukku Nahar.
Sandy said: “Rukku was sitting there watching, to support her brother. It’s like a big joke for them really. I think they put on a bit of a performance to try to get sympathy as a family and to show that the family were there to support [Vishal], and that looks really good but I just thought, ‘no, you cannot go around destroying people’s lives’.
“Her going around flashing her hair, ‘oh, I’m an actress, I’m an actress’, nobody knows really who she is.”
When contacted for a comment, Rukku Nahar’s agent said she was not available as she was out of the country.