A father who was falsely accused of being the head of an Asian grooming gang by a ‘fantasist’ woman plans to sue police and the Home Office over the torment the investigation caused him.
Mohammed Ramzan, a father-of-four, was named by Eleanor Williams after she lied about being raped, beaten and trafficked abroad.
Williams, 22, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years this week for perverting the course of justice.
Mr Ramzan, known locally as Mo, said: ‘I respect the investigation team but I feel let down by Barrow police.
‘I got more than 500 death threats but nothing was done, we received no help or support.’
Mohammed Ramzan (pictured), a father who was falsely accused of being the head of an Asian grooming gang by a ‘fantasist’ woman, plans to sue police and the Home Office over the torment the investigation caused him
Mr Ramzan was named by Eleanor Williams (pictured) after she lied about being raped, beaten and trafficked abroad
Williams, 22, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years this week for perverting the course of justice
The father revealed he is also helping to launch legal action against Williams’ mother to return £22,000 donated by well-wishers, according to the Mirror.
He claimed Allison Johnston has ignored calls to give back the money, sent by people sympathetic towards what they thought her daughter had experienced.
In an interview with the Mirror, Mr Ramzan, 43, revealed he and the fund’s creator, Shane Yerrell, filed a complaint through Mrs Johnston’s bank – and secured almost a third of the money.
They have since launched a civil case for the rest, with Mr Ramzan saying the money must be returned to the people.
‘We’ve launched a civil action against Allison Johnston to get the rest of the money back. If she doesn’t respond we’ll take it to the small claims court,’ he said.
Mr Ramzan, pictured with his wife Nicola Holt outside Preston Crown Court, Lancashire, said that Williams’ claims caused him to become ‘close to suicide’
The father said: ‘I respect the investigation team but I feel let down by Barrow police’
Williams started her campaign in May 2020 with a 1,300-word Facebook post, claiming she was the victim of an Asian grooming gang
Mr Ramzan, whose daughter is the same age as his accuser, had to spend 36 hours in custody after being arrested on his way to a cash and carry in July 2019.
Williams falsely claimed the father had groomed her since she was 12 and subjected her to severe beatings, before trafficking her to Amsterdam to be sold at a slave auction for €25,000.
Mr Ramzan was eventually able to prove to police that he was in a B&Q at the time of the young woman’s ‘abduction’.
Williams started her campaign in May 2020 with a 1,300-word Facebook post, claiming she was the victim of an Asian grooming gang.
The post included heartbreaking images of her having been attacked and received more than 100,000 shares by the public and celebrities.
Mr Ramzan said: ‘I got abuse. There were kids shouting ”rapist” and ”pa*i” at me, and throwing stones.
‘I wanted to kill myself and was twice close to suicide.’
Meanwhile, Mr Ramzan is also considering action against celebrities and other public figures who spread the woman’s claims on social media.
‘I think I’ve got PTSD, it’s broken me emotionally. I’m always tearing up,’ he said.
Mr Ramzan’s mother passed away before seeing him exonerated.
However, he said he has forgiven Williams and would agree to meet her in jail if she shows remorse.
‘As a father, I think she deserves a chance,’ he said.
Cumbria Police recognised the impact of the case but said claims of abuse had to be investigated thoroughly.