The North of Tyne mayor has now spoken out to “completely condemn” the actions of a disgraced ex-councillor jailed for stalking.
Jamie Driscoll issued an announcement on Monday lunchtime about Dipu Ahad, a former Newcastle Labour colleague who was sentenced to 14 months in jail final week.
Ahad, who represented the Elswick ward in Newcastle’s West End for 13 years, pleaded responsible to stalking in February and a courtroom heard final week how he had used his place to seem as a “knight in shining armour” making an attempt to assist a girl who was a stalking sufferer, when he was actually the stalker.
In a Facebook put up on Monday lunchtime, Mr Driscoll mentioned that Ahad had “behaved in a particularly abusive manner” and that the “felony justice system has served retribution”.
It comes after the mayor didn’t signal a Newcastle Labour assertion issued final Friday night, during which greater than 60 elected representatives and candidates within the metropolis mentioned that they “place on file our solidarity and help for his sufferer and condemn unconditionally the callous actions of Dipu Ahad”.
Four metropolis councillors additionally didn’t put their names to the assertion – Ann Schofield, Lara Ellis, Shumel Rahman, and Rebecca Shatwell.
In his social media put up on Monday, Mr Driscoll claimed that his title was absent as a result of he had missed a 5pm deadline to reply as he had been in back-to-back conferences – and that he “didn’t ‘refuse’ to signal something”.
A North of Tyne Combined Authority spokesperson had instructed ChronicleLive on Friday night that Mr Driscoll had been requested to signal it however declined and wouldn’t be commenting additional.
Speaking to ChronicleLive on Monday, Mr Driscoll clarified that he does help the Newcastle Labour assertion, which was signed by two metropolis MPs and Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness.
The Labour mayor, who was a Newcastle councillor prior to his victory within the North of Tyne race in 2019, wrote on his Facebook web page: “I completely condemn Dipu Ahad’s crime of aggravated stalking. It will need to have been actually terrible to have been the sufferer of this harassment. It’s compounded by his posing as her rescuer whereas being the abuser. My ideas are with the sufferer. And please, let’s be very cautious to shield her anonymity.
“I’ve not adopted the case, and solely know these particulars which have been reported within the press within the final couple of days. The proof exhibits he behaved in a particularly abusive manner, there was an investigation, he was charged, he pleaded responsible, and now he’s in jail. This time, at the very least, the felony justice system has served retribution for a criminal offense in opposition to ladies. Far too typically it fails.
“As a society, we additionally fail to correctly help victims of abuse. There are some incredible voluntary and charitable organisations working to help survivors, however they’re underfunded and inadequately resourced. It could be of curiosity to know that I proposed that the North of Tyne fund a programme for victims of home abuse by way of lockdown.
“Initially there was query about whether or not North of Tyne may very well be concerned on this sort of work. It is true that we now have no statutory position in offering help for victims of home abuse.
“But it is a difficulty that is so essential to me (see beneath), I wished to push it. Thankfully, after discussions, my complete cupboard are supportive.
“My officers have labored carefully with the native authorities and VCSE organisations to develop a programme to present financial help for victims of home abuse to develop the monetary independence to escape abusive relationships.
“We’ve taken specific care to pay attention to the survivors to get their enter into designing the programme.”
Mr Driscoll added that he was “utilizing my place to help ladies who’re being abused” and had been impressed by his mom, a former chair of Middlesbrough Women’s Refuge.