‘Deranged’ company director, 61, bombarded lawyer with abusive calls and followed him to his elderly mother’s house in five-year stalking campaign over false claim he was owed millions
- Jonathan Allweis, 53, was sent abusive text messages by Demetrius Georgiou
- Mr Allweis runs a conveyancing and personal injury law practice in Salford
- 61-year-old property developer Georgiou also left negative Google reviews
A disgruntled property developer who harassed a lawyer for five years after claiming he was owed ‘millions of pounds’ has been prosecuted for stalking.
Jonathan Allweis, 53, who runs a conveyancing and personal injury law practice in Salford, was sent abusive texts by company director Demetrius Georgiou, 61.
Georgiou, a property developer, also left Google reviews falsely branding Mr Allweis a ‘multi millionaire crook’, and followed him to his mother’s home.
Georgiou, from Cheetham Hill, near Salford admitted a charge of stalking between January 2014 and March 2019 at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.
Left, Demitrious Georgiou leaving Manchester Magistrates’ Court. Right, Jonathan Allweis, a lawyer who was subjected to a five-year smear campaign
He was sentenced to eight weeks jail suspended for 12 months and banned from contacting Mr Allweis for seven years under the terms of a restraining order.
The court heard the pair had been friends for some 20 years and were involved in property deals together from 2000 until 2004 when Georgiou had worked for the victim maintaining some of his properties.
But Prosecutor James Gore said their friendship turned sour when Georgiou claimed ‘people were after him’ and asked to hide at a property owned by the lawyer, then started stealing from him.
In one month alone Mr Allweis received 50 nuisance texts and calls and two more negative Google reviews about his company, Allweis and Co.
He was also sent messages warning: ‘I will be at your flat waiting for you, sleeping at the communal area of your flat. You crook, you should wear a balaclava on your face.’
Georgiou followed Mr Allweis from his offices to the home of his elderly mother and claimed the lawyer had left him ‘penniless and homeless.’
He was arrested after he ignored a police PIN notice warning him to stay away from the lawyer.
In a statement Mr Allweis told the court: ‘It’s impaired my business, I’ve had to close early and had to ask other people to step up and help out. I’ve had to change my day-to-day patterns quite a few times and have lost a client when he attended and had been shouting through the letter box.
‘He’s now just inventing things. I tried to end my business relationship with him in 2014 but he’s having none of it. It’s even more bizarre he has even since asked me to represent him.’
He added: ‘I told my mum she had to go into lock down and not open any windows and doors and make sure the alarms are on. On a couple of occasions it was too risky going to my own home.
‘I kept his messages on my answer machines and I still have them as wasn’t sure the police would lose them. He left voicemails recorded messages and sent ludicrous text messages at the office and on my mobile phone.
‘He was out of control. I don’t know how to handle it, how to deal with him.’
Georgiou (pictured outside court), admitted a charge of stalking between January 2014 and March 2019 at Manchester Magistrates’ Court. He was sentenced to eight weeks jail suspended for 12 months and was banned from contacting Mr Allweis for seven years under the terms of a restraining order
In mitigation for Georgiou, defence counsel Stuart Duke said: ‘This is a sad case because Mr Georgiou and the complainant where once very good friends. They have known each other for 20 years possibly more than that.
‘He accepts that Mr Allweis did feel harassed. He has lost all his properties and the last one is due to be repossessed in 28 days and he will likely become homeless. His mental health team are trying to arrange accommodation.’
But addressing the court after hearing his sentence, Georgiou said: ‘He did take advantage of me. I pleaded guilty to get it over with because of my condition. Although he wears a shirt and tie he doesn’t deserve to wear it.’