‘Laughing’ property millionaire Alan Moher had threatened to kill his wife Caroline Moher and was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Southwark Crown Court today
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A real estate boss who threatened to kill his wife and refused to agree to a Jewish divorce was jailed for coercive or controlling behavior.
Millionaire Alan Moher, 57, and Caroline Moher, who have three children together, split in 2016 and filed for divorce in family court.
But things got toxic and he asked her what color her tombstone should be in chilling messages read in court.
Moher also refused to give her a “get” – a document formally recognizing the end of marriage in the orthodox Jewish faith – meaning she could not remarry, have more children, or enter into a relationship with another man.
He was jailed today for 18 months after Ms Moher filed a private lawsuit alleging controlling or coercive behavior between January 2016 and January last year.
It was described by her lawyers as “a milestone”.
Moher, from Salford, was due to appear at Southwark Crown Court last February but changed his plea to guilty.
Anthony Metzer QC, prosecutor, said Moher prevented his wife from remarrying by withholding the get.
He told the court that Moher had offered his wife £700,000 for a civil divorce with a get, or £780,000 without a get
He told the court that in August 2015 Ms Moher was “so devastated” by the “mental and emotional abuse” she had suffered that she attempted suicide.
The court heard that during the suicide attempt, Ms Moher texted her husband to tell him what she had done.
“He replied: ‘What color would you like for your tombstone?'” said Mr. Metzer.
On January 22, 2016, the day Moher received a letter from Ms. Moher’s attorney informing him of the divorce proceedings, he told his wife to “get away” and “curl up and die.”
The court also heard Moher had a previous public order conviction after he threatened Ms Moher after a hearing at a family court in Manchester.
“He berated her and told her she’s going to get what’s coming.”
A victim statement from Ms. Moher was read to the court.
“Imagine being put in a straitjacket, gagged, your hands and feet tied,” it read.
“You are blindfolded. You’re in a cold, dark place. Your only weapon is that you can hear. You depend on your kidnapper to free you. That’s how I still feel married to Alan.”
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Jeffrey Israel, defending himself, said: “My client is a 57-year-old man and barring a single public order incident I would ask the court to treat him as a man of early good character.”
The court heard that Mr. Moher was entitled to 10% of his sentence because of his guilty plea on the first day of the trial.
Mr. Israel asked the court to consider that the timing of his client’s appeal came after the CPS belatedly indicated that it would not take the case.
He told the court that his client asked the CPS if they would take the case from private prosecution on February 11, 2021.
“Only a week or two before the trial did the defendant receive a response that he would not interfere and that the private prosecution should proceed,” he said.
“Therefore I ask you to consider that.”
He asked that the judge also consider that his client has autism and ADHD.
Judge Martin Beddoe said: “They tried to manipulate and control her, knowing that it would have a significant impact on her mental health and, to some extent, on her physical health.”
Moher was ordered to pay £11,000 for prosecution costs.
He admitted to one instance of coercion and was imprisoned for 18 months.
The couple separated in 2016 and a judgment was issued by the family court that same year, but divorce proceedings were not finalized until 2019.
They remain married according to orthodox Jewish law.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/husband-jailed-failing-grant-wife-26613556 The husband was imprisoned because he refused to divorce the Jewish wife and threatened to kill her