Pervert who performed sex act during bizarre stalking campaign avoids jail

A perverted stalker who performed a sex act on a driveway and flashed his bottom to a random family has avoided an immediate stint behind bars.

Syed Ahmed, 29, repeatedly targeted a family over a 12-month period outside their Fenham home in Newcastle which included setting up a deck chair opposite the house to stare in.

The pervert tried to open the back door, shouted sexual slurs and peered inside windows before his disturbing antics escalated even further one evening last month.

Chronicle Live reports Ahmed performed a sex act on the family's driveway, flashed his bottom at the property and left behind a pint glass full of urine – all while armed with a knife.

His actions were captured on CCTV, which was handed to the police, North Tyneside Magistrates' Court was told.

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Ahmed, of Romulus Court, in Fenham, Newcastle, has now been given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, after he previously pleaded guilty to one count each of stalking, exposure and possession of a bladed article.

Sentencing him, chairing magistrate, Janice Brazell said: "It's taken us quite some time to deliberate, bearing in mind the severity of the offence.

"You put a family in a very, very fearful position. To be drawing curtains all the time and being scared to go out of their home is no position to put any family in.

"You're lucky that you are avoiding custody but only because we think Probation can offer you help and we hope you grab it with both hands."

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She added: "I can't stress enough that you have avoided custody by such a small, small, whisker."

As well as the suspended sentence, Ahemd was made subject of a restraining order indefinitely, which banned him from contacting his victims or entering Fenham.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for a period of five years and to pay £85 costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

The court previously heard that the victims didn't know Ahmed until he started loitering around their house three years ago.

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However, it was not until November 2019 that his bizarre behaviour really started to escalate.

Grace Taylor, prosecuting, said: "For some time, the complainants have been made aware of the defendant loitering around in the street around their house.

"The defendant is unknown to the family. They describe the defendant's behaviour gradually getting worse.

"On November 21 2019, the defendant has posted a hat through their letter box. [The dad of the house] watched the CCTV and could see the defendant. They didn't report that incident to the police but disposed of the hat.

"On April 21 2020, the defendant tried to gain access to the home by trying the backdoor handle. This incident was also caught on CCTV, which showed the incident lasting two minutes at 1.30am."

The court heard that Ahmed had 10 past offences on his record, including one for harassment and six for breaching a restraining order.

Gregg Stephens, defending, said: "I think Mr Ahmed seems to have become fixated with the 22-year-old lady at the address – it's not a way to woo someone what he did but it offers some explanation."

Mr Stephens said that Ahmed clearly needed help and had agreed to now live with his mother in London.

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