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Egyptian asylum seeker, 41, stalked Labour MP Stephen Morgan and left him ‘disturbed and intimidated’ after being advised he could not assist along with his immigration standing

An Egyptian asylum seeker stalked a Labour MP, leaving him ‘disturbed and intimidated’, after being advised he could not assist along with his immigration standing, a courtroom heard.

Shadow minister Stephen Morgan advised magistrates he feared for his security after Yaser Ahmed ‘loitered’ outdoors his constituency workplace each day for per week and ‘watched his actions’.

It was heard the 41-year-old Egyptian, who makes use of a wheelchair, had been enraged by employees on the Portsmouth South MP’s workplace telling him they could not do something extra to assist advance his asylum utility.

However his fixed presence and ‘aggressive’ grunting left the Labour MP and his feminine employees scared and ‘on edge’, the courtroom heard.

Yaser Ahmed (pictured) outdoors Portsmouth Magistrates Court docket. He was mentioned to be ‘very offended’ that the Portsmouth South MP could not do extra to assist along with his asylum declare

Shadow minister Stephen Morgan (pictured) told magistrates he feared for his safety after Yaser Ahmed 'loitered' outside. Pictured, the Shadow Minister leaving Magistrates Court

Shadow minister Stephen Morgan (pictured) advised magistrates he feared for his security after Yaser Ahmed ‘loitered’ outdoors. Pictured, the Shadow Minister leaving Magistrates Court docket

Mr Morgan, 43, needed to take trip of his Basic Election marketing campaign on Tuesday to participate in his stalker’s trial on the metropolis’s magistrates.

Giving proof, the Shadow Minister for Rail hinted that assaults on MPs like Jo Cox and David Amess led him to be afraid of Ahmed’s ‘continued presence’ outdoors his workplace.

His feminine employees additionally advised the courtroom they felt ‘very involved’ coming into work and scared to lock up at evening on their very own.

Ahmed – who ignored employees pleas to cease coming to the Albert Street workplace and even ignored a police officer’s warning – may face jail when he’s sentenced for stalking.

The courtroom heard Ahmed got here to the UK in 2017 and visited the workplace a number of instances in 2022 for assist along with his asylum utility.

The courtroom heard employees endeavoured to assist throughout the conferences, regardless of Ahmed talking barely any English, however had been restricted below MP tips.

Ahmed referred to Mr Morgan as ‘The Basic’ and ‘Large Man’, the courtroom heard.

Workers signposted him to Residents Recommendation and repeatedly suggested him to see a solicitor however they might not act on his behalf.

In December 2022, employees advised him they might not assist him anymore and advised him to not attend the workplace after he grew to become ‘very offended’.

He returned in Could 2023 however was advised the identical.

Mr Morgan, 43, had to take time out of his General Election campaign on Tuesday to take part in his stalker's trial. Pictured, the Labour MP with Keir Starmer

Mr Morgan, 43, needed to take trip of his Basic Election marketing campaign on Tuesday to participate in his stalker’s trial. Pictured, the Labour MP with Keir Starmer

Giving evidence, the Shadow Minister for Rail hinted that attacks on MPs like Jo Cox (pictured) and David Amess led him to be fearful of Ahmed's 'continued presence'

Giving proof, the Shadow Minister for Rail hinted that assaults on MPs like Jo Cox (pictured) and David Amess led him to be afraid of Ahmed’s ‘continued presence’ 

Then, he spent each day ‘parked up’ in his wheelchair outdoors the workplace from October 30 to November 6 in 2023. He was dwelling below a store entrance a couple of doorways down.

Mr Morgan mentioned he was ‘disturbed’ on three dates throughout that interval when he left his workplace – the primary of which Ahmed ‘aggressively grunted and tapped his head to attempt to get my consideration.’

He mentioned: ‘On all events that weekend I used to be struck by him attempting to get eye contact with me and him following my actions along with his eyes.

‘I stay in shut proximity to the workplace and located his behaviour harassing.

‘He was following my actions along with his eyes, and that induced me concern.

‘Recognising that beforehand he had been impolite it felt like intimidation to me. It was a priority that he can be outdoors my workplace at instances when he could have assumed I’d be leaving and arriving.

‘I used to be attempting to keep away from making eye contact and I used to be disturbed by the frequency at which he was sitting outdoors my workplace.

‘I jumped right into a automotive reverse the workplace and I noticed him following my actions, as if he was watching to see the place I used to be going.

‘I felt very uncomfortable. The persistence of him sitting outdoors on separate events after already being warned by police not to take action induced me concern.’

In cross-examination, defending lawyer Mark Kessler put it to Mr Morgan that he was ‘over-exaggerating’ the incidents.

However the politician mentioned earlier assaults on his friends made him nervous.

Mr Morgan mentioned: ‘I do not need to be right here, to be sincere. However there’s generally behaviour that oversteps the mark and this defendant was intimidating in my opinion.

‘Somebody watching the place you’re going, with their glare, and watching your actions outdoors your work have fairly an disagreeable have an effect on.

‘I take extraordinarily significantly the security of my employees in mild of what occurred to my parliamentary colleagues prior to now. I felt intimidated by it.

‘The recommendation I’ve all the time had is that if you’re involved, then name the police.’

Workers member Catherine Velocity advised the courtroom she known as the police 5 days into Ahmed sitting outdoors the workplace, below instruction from Mr Morgan.

Miss Velocity mentioned: ‘The way in which Ahmed was going through he may see all of the comings and goings from the workplace.

‘He simply sat there. On the Friday morning, I contacted the police.

‘His continued presence was very regarding, particularly with an incident on Wednesday evening when my colleague left the workplace.

‘I did not see him transfer about a lot in his wheelchair, he gave the impression to be pretty static.

‘After I walked into the workplace he would watch me however did not discuss to me.’

Miss Velocity mentioned it ‘put her on edge’, including: ‘It did concern me that he was sat outdoors the workplace each single day for no cause.’

Miss Velocity mentioned she handled Ahmed throughout his conferences within the workplace beforehand, and that he had been ‘pleasant’ however grew to become ‘offended’ when she made it clear there was nothing extra they might do.

Danielle Alexander mentioned following a night occasion on the workplace, she requested two associates to stick with her whereas she locked up and walked to her automotive as a result of she was apprehensive.

In cross-examination, defending lawyer Mark Kessler put it to Mr Morgan that he was 'over-exaggerating' the incidents. Pictured, stock image of Portsmouoth Magistrates Court

In cross-examination, defending lawyer Mark Kessler put it to Mr Morgan that he was ‘over-exaggerating’ the incidents. Pictured, inventory picture of Portsmouoth Magistrates Court docket

Ahmed was warned on Friday, November 3, 2023 by a police officer that his presence was not wished and to maneuver on however he did not.

He was later arrested.

He denied one rely of stalking however was convicted.

By way of an Arabic interpreter, he advised the courtroom: ‘I wished him to write down a word for me, one thing to take to the place they advised me to go to.

‘Why would I harass him? I need him to assist me.

‘What’s the good thing about doing that? I am in a wheelchair, a part of my leg is eliminated, you may contemplate it as amputated actually.’

‘I went to him so he may assist me, to not intimidate.’

Deputy Senior District Decide Tanweer Ikram discovered that Ahmed didn’t intend to harass Mr Morgan however ‘should have recognized’ he was disturbing him.

He mentioned: ‘I do not doubt that you just need assistance, I see the state of you now, however they might not do something for you.

‘They might not cope with your immigration standing, they signposted you to Residents Recommendation Bureau and urged you see an solicitor.

‘I do not for one minute suppose that you just went out of your solution to harass the MP, nonetheless the definition of the offence doesn’t require that.

‘On three events you loitered close to the constituency workplace.

‘I’ve heard from Mr Morgan of the affect upon him of seeing you… He gave proof that he felt intimidated by seeing you.

‘The police officer advised you not to return, the employees on the workplace advised you there was nothing extra they might do.

‘Taking a look at this objectively you should have recognized that going again there and in search of to draw their consideration, which was your motive, amounted to the harassment of this MP.’

Ahmed, now dwelling in Liverpool, might be sentenced at a later date.

It was additionally heard in the course of the breaks in visits to the MP’s workplace that Ahmed was in an NHS hospital along with his leg points.

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