A former councillor portrayed himself as a “knight in shining armour” attempting to assist a stalking sufferer – but he was the stalker and now he’s behind bars.
Dipu Ahad was a councillor in the West End of Newcastle when a lady who was initially being harassed by her estranged husband went to him for assist resulting from his standing in the group.
A court docket heard Ahad did search to assist her, together with by contacting the chief constable of Northumbria Police, bemoaning the lack of motion by officers.
But when the different man’s behaviour petered out, Ahad carried out a sequence of acts to make the girl assume it was escalating.
A decide stated she concluded he did it as he craved the consideration and being the hero but that it had “demolished” the victim’s life.
She even confided in him about her fears, by no means suspecting he was the particular person chargeable for her distress till the stunning second police knocked on her door to say that they had arrested him.
Now the 41-yr-old former Newcastle City Council consultant for Elswick’s fall from grace is full after he was despatched to jail for 14 months and made topic to an indefinite restraining order.
Liam O’Brien, prosecuting, set out a sequence of acts carried out by Ahad over a 5 month interval which made up the offence of stalking involving concern of violence or critical alarm and misery, which he pleaded responsible to.
He created electronic mail, Instagram and Facebook accounts in the victim’s title and despatched pal requests to folks she knew.
She emailed the police reporting it and copied Ahad in. Despite figuring out he was accountable, he replied saying he was “outraged at the stage this particular person goes”, signing his reply Councillor Dipu Ahad.
Ahad additionally emailed himself from the pretend electronic mail account. Mr O’Brien stated: “It’s clear the defendant was attempting to persuade her her estranged husband was persevering with to stalk her and was conscious she was in contact with himself.”
The court docket heard Ahad additionally contacted a number of senior cops, former police and crime commissioner Vera Baird and native MP Chi Onwurah about the harassment of the girl.
Mr O’Brien stated: “He failed to say it was he that was chargeable for the misconduct he was bringing to their consideration.”
He additionally made a sequence of cellphone calls to the girl’s mother and father, pretending to be from immigration and saying her ex husband had been arrested. Posing as an immigration official, he requested for contact particulars for himself.
He then informed the sufferer that since her dad handed his quantity on, he had obtained malicious cellphone calls, deceiving her that he was struggling on her behalf.
The court docket heard he additionally informed the victim’s household he was going to Syria to work for the United Nations serving to refugees – which was a pack of lies designed to reinforce his status.
He even despatched footage purportedly of upsetting scenes he had photographed in Syria which he stated have been making him flip down the U.N. job. That was a “full fiction” and he had truly downloaded them on-line whereas nonetheless in Newcastle.
Ahad went on to falsely declare he had obtained malicious cellphone calls, which he reported to the police then informed the girl he was going to go to London, the place her ex was, saying “I’m not bothered if the weasel will get me in bother”.
He had screenshots exhibiting missed calls but the police investigation revealed he had made the calls from his personal landline to his cellular, withholding the quantity.
The court docket heard Ahad additionally sprayed chalk paint on the victim’s automobile in the expired of night time, which brought on her nice alarm as it made her assume her stalker had been proper exterior her house.
When she despatched him footage of it, he expressed his outrage and forwarded them to senior cops, although he knew he had finished it.
He additionally created a pretend Gmail accounts in her title and despatched pictures of her marriage ceremony to her then to his work electronic mail. She discovered them significantly upsetting as the break up of her marriage had impacted her psychological well being, the court docket heard.
Ahad additionally despatched himself a pretend threatening electronic mail, referring to himself as a “son of a b****” and a “corrupt m***********” and saying he could be uncovered and warning “again off or else”.
The sufferer, who can’t be recognized for authorized causes, was brought on vital misery.
In an announcement learn to the court docket, she stated: “I can solely describe the journey I’ve been on as absolute hell.”
“I requested him for assist but relatively than assist me he grossly betrayed my belief whereas making himself out to be my household’s saviour,” she stated.
“I’ll by no means perceive why he did it and can by no means forgive him.”
The girl stated the incident with the automobile left her significantly frightened and when she informed Ahad “he stated this was a risk and he must patrol exterior my house and I must set up cameras”.
She added in the assertion: “Dipu knew the huge affect this was having on me but he continued to escalate the conduct.
“I do not perceive why he did it. Was he having fun with the response he was getting?”
The girl stated she will’t imagine Ahad chastised her for her diminishing psychological well being when he was inflicting it and even accused her of not being grateful for his assist at one level.
She stated: “Him pretending to be serving to me is especially sinister. My entire household believed he was serving to us and we have been all extraordinarily grateful for it.”
She stated she has been left “extraordinarily anxious” and taking medicine and retains her bed room curtains shut in case Ahad or another person is watching her.
She added: “He continues to get a number of assist. I’m conscious he has been telling folks he was merely serving to me and solely pleaded responsible due to the lies my household informed about him. This is basically hurtful.”
She stated she had no thought he was chargeable for the stalking till the police informed her that they had arrested him and she or he has been left with belief points.
Mr O’Brien added: “He has used his place as a councillor in in search of to show how a lot he was doing by contacting the police, making himself appear like a knight in shining armour.”
Judge Amanda Rippon stated: “He was infatuated not along with her but with the consideration and standing and kudos and gratitude he received from intervening in this sort of state of affairs, conditions he had intervened in beforehand to good impact.
“But it is plain he loved being the hero. It’s completely apparent he was craving the consideration he received whereas he was serving to her.”
The decide informed Ahad: “You made her life not simply depressing, but insupportable. You demolished her peace of thoughts and life.”
Glenn Gatland, defending, stated: “It is offending as a results of a misguided want to assist an individual…and he simply tried more durable and more durable and overlooked what he was doing.”
He added that he was fortunately married with 4 kids, had 25 references about the extensive number of good work he had finished in the group – together with serving to exterior St James’ Park to gather for a meals financial institution and serving to girls and refugees.
Mr Gatland stated Ahad, of Ilfracombe Avenue, Benwell, Newcastle had additionally drawn consideration to the risks posed by the far proper and that had resulted in him being threatened with beheading.
He added that Ahad has PTSD and anxiousness and added: “His fall from grace to the dock of the Crown Court needs to be seen by means of the prism of his psychological well being difficulties.
“He does specific regret. He could be very sorry. He has misplaced his status and his good character and is somebody who’s totally damaged by these proceedings.”
After the case, Detective Sergeant Mark Atherton stated: “First and foremost, we need to recognise the unimaginable bravery of the sufferer in this case who has needed to endure a marketing campaign of stalking in opposition to her.
“She reported the offences to us earlier than she knew who was accountable and thought Dipu Ahad had her greatest pursuits at coronary heart.
“The actuality is that Ahad was the one tormenting her and when his offending was uncovered by my group, he claimed he was merely attempting to assist the sufferer”
“His actions have been extended and sinister.”