Man who ranted in MP’s office wins prison reprieve

A MAN who was cleared of threatening to kill staff at an MP’s office has been given a warning over his future conduct. 

Jaseem Saeed, 39, entered the office of Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff demanding they help him get a passport on March 9 of this year.

When he discovered the Labour MP was not at her office he became aggressive.

Leeds Crown Court cleared Saeed of making threats to kill in July but he had already admitted affray due to his behaviour at the office.

Mr Justice Goss sentenced him earlier this week to a 12-month community order which includes 120 hours of unpaid work.

Saeed was sentenced via videolink from the Royal Courts of Justice to HMP Leeds, where he had been remanded.

He was warned that similar behaviour would almost certainly lead to a prison sentence. Saeed, a Kurdish Iraqi, who was living on Nelson Street, Dewsbury, had arrived in Britain in 2004 seeking asylum and was granted indefinite leave to remain.

However, he decided he wished to visit his homeland but was unable to do so as he did not have a passport.

He visited the Dewsbury MP’s office in an attempt to get help from Mrs Sherriff but when he did not see her, he became aggressive towards staff members.

Saeed said that he did not have any firearms on him and denied saying he would shoot 29 people at a college and then himself if he did not get his passport.

He said that he had been talking about shooting people at a college in Mosul, where ISIS recruiters were trained. The incident happened just three months before Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox was killed.

After the trial, the judge told the jury that MPs were “entitled to be protected as far as the law can protect them.”

A psychiatric report indicated Saeed did not suffer from any serious mental issues.

The judge told him: “You are an angry person who has little understanding of the effect of your behaviour on others.

“Your problem lies in poor temper control. That is something you should be aware of and something you should learn to deal with.”

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