Alan Moher jailed after refusing to grant Caroline Moher a divorce

A millionaire property mogul who mentally and bodily abused his spouse for years and denied her a divorce has been jailed in the present day. Alan Moher, 57, was seen laughing and ‘smirking’ within the dock earlier than being sentenced to 18 months behind bars at Southwark Crown Court docket.

His spouse, Caroline Moher, introduced a personal prosecution towards her husband, Alan Moher, 57, for a cost of controlling and coercive behaviour between January 2016 and January final 12 months. Mr Moher, had refused to grant his spouse a ‘Get’, a doc that formally recognises the tip of a wedding within the orthodox Jewish religion.

Mr Moher, from Salford, was as a consequence of stand trial at Southwark Crown Court docket final February however modified his plea to responsible. Beneath Jewish Regulation, solely husbands can conform to a ‘Get’, stories MyLondon.

Failure to difficulty a ‘Get’ means Mrs Moher is unable to remarry, have extra youngsters or enter right into a relationship with one other man. Whereas the couple had been divorced in a civil court docket in 2019, they aren’t thought-about divorced beneath Jewish regulation.

The court docket heard that Mr Moher used his energy to forestall the dissolution of the couple’s non secular marriage which precipitated her emotional and psychological misery, successfully making her “chained” to her husband. On January 23, 2016, shortly after he had acquired notification from her solicitor that Mrs Moher could be looking for a divorce, Mr Moher threatened her, saying: “You are not f**king getting a Get, you will be one of those chained women.”

On Could 9, 2019, when each Mr and Mrs Moher had been attending proceedings on the Court docket of Attraction, Mr Moher once more approached Mrs Moher throughout a break within the proceedings and stated: “You may get all of the money, but I swear on [their daughter’s] life, you will never ever get the Get from me.”

The court docket additionally heard concerning the in depth bodily, emotional and monetary abuse Mrs Moher skilled by the hands of her husband throughout their twenty years of marriage which led Mrs Moher to aim to take her personal life. After the try, Mr Moher texted his spouse saying: “What colour do you want on your gravestone?”

In one other occasion, Mr Moher intentionally drove his automotive on the improper aspect of the street in direction of Mrs Moher whereas she was driving alongside Singleton Highway, earlier than swerving out of the best way whereas laughing at her. When Mr Moher was knowledgeable that Mrs Moher had began divorce proceedings, Mr Moher advised his spouse to “piss off and curl up and die”, the subsequent day Mr Moher put his arms round her throat, spat and screamed in her face and made a menace to her life.

In his statements, Decide Hiddleston stated he was glad with stories that concluded Mr Moher ‘tormented’ his spouse. He stated: “Your wife sought to walk away from you to start a new life and as a result you have sought to make it as difficult and painful as you could.”

Caroline Moher arrives at Southwark Crown Court, London, where her husband Alan Moher, 57, is due to be sentenced after pleading guilty to engaging in coercive or controlling behaviour after failing to grant his wife a Jewish religious divorce. Picture date: Friday April 1, 2022.
Caroline Moher arrives at Southwark Crown Court docket

Jeffery Israel, defending, stated: “My client is a 57-year-old man and aside from a single public order incident I would ask the court to treat him as a man of previous good character.” He argued that Mr Moher’s autism prevented him from displaying emotion. ” The general score for being autistic is 65, he scored 199. That really does give Your Honour some proper understanding of Mr Moher’s personality and the difficulties that he faces. He’s pleaded guilty and that should really go to his credit.”

Decide Hiddleston acknowledged the responsible plea and stated that this had decreased what would have been a 21-month sentence to 18 months. Mr Moher was additionally required by the court docket to make a contribution of £11,000 to court docket charges. Mr Moher confirmed no emotion when the decision was learn aloud and was rapidly taken into custody. Mrs Moher, who was in attendance, broke down in tears.

In a sufferer assertion learn by the prosecutor, she stated: “I’ve little or no confidence left and I really feel completely destroyed as an individual, due to the best way that Alti [her husband] treats me. Alti managed me in each side of my life along with him. I felt that he at all times behaved like my headmaster and I used to be the pupil. He at all times appeared to place the concern of God in me. He completely manipulated me and moulded me to how he wished me to be.”

“Imagine being put into a straitjacket, gagged, your hands and feet are tied. You are blindfolded. You are in a cold, dark place. Your only weapon is that you are able to hear. You are dependent on your captor to set you free . That’s how I feel still being “married” to Alti/Alan.”

“I have lived with so much stress, heartache, responsibility, hurt, upset, fear, panic, depression, loneliness, abandonment, disappointment, despair and suicidal thoughts, that I am not quite sure how I am able to stand up tall, with my head held high. Feelings of living as a recluse and being an introvert set in. I wear a cap and turn my collar up to nip in to the Kosher shops, hoping that no one recognises me, as I am incognito. I then make a dash for my car, jump in and lock the doors straight away for fear that Atli is still lurking somewhere in a dark place, waiting to pounce on me and kill me. And then I am grateful to make it home to my safe place…”

“I am always a positive person, able to find solutions, but the situation that I find myself in is not one that I can find a solution to, because my life is hanging in Atli’s hands, my freedom is in his hands, and he knows it, and relishes in that fact that only he can set me free, but will not. He is a sadistic man and has always enjoyed watching me suffer throughout our marriage. He is enjoying this now. He always enjoyed watching me beg him to put some money into my account, in order that I would not be overdrawn in my bank account. I feel like I have a noose around my neck, a ball and chain at my feet, still being halachically married to him. The problem is always there. I can never forget that I am bound to this monster. I do not think that I could ever trust another man, because of the mistrust and abuse that I had from Alti.”

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