A woman has pleaded guilty to sending death threats to Bradford West MP Naz Shah.
This morning Sundas Alam pleaded guilty to 3 counts of Malicious communications and one count of perverting the court of justice at York Crown Court.
The jury heard how Bradford West MP Naz Shah was so distressed and worried by the five emails sent by Alam in an evening she dialled 999 to get the police. Two of the emails were duplicates.
Alam, 30, of Princeville Street, Lidget Green, Bradford, was remanded in custody.
Sentencing has been adjourned until 29 November while North Yorkshire Probation Service prepares a pre-sentence report and a psychiatrist also writes a report on her.
The jury saw CCTV stills and video taken in Bradford stores on Alam on her phone at the time she sent the emails using the stores’ free WiFi.
The jury heard that she spoofed two emails addresses belonging to relatives of her line manager to send the emails and that she did so to get her former line manager into trouble.
She had lost her job at West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company because she had sent him inappropriate messages on the company’s internal message system.
The line manager and both relatives were arrested by armed police four hours after the MP rang 999 and held in custody for 20 hours before police worked out who had really sent the emails.
The messages included phrases such as “you are going to die this week coming” and “you won’t see your children” as well as sexual threats and insults.
Commenting on the trial, Naz Shah MP said: Having lost two colleagues in the space of 5 years, death threats are close to home. I welcome the review of security measures for MP’s that the Home Secretary has committed to.
“The mental and emotional harm extends to those around us including our families and our staff teams.
“It is important that we don’t allow a culture of where threats, abuse and attacks on Members of Parliament and our staff becomes normalised. In this instance, an innocent family member was also arrested in the middle of the night and questioned by police.“
“I’d like to thank West Yorkshire Police, particularly DC Exley and DC Young, for their work on this investigation and their support to my family, my staff team and myself.”
“I will continue to represent my constituents of Bradford West to the best of my ability. Serving the public is an honour and a duty, and I, like every single other MP in the U.K, will not allow anyone to distract me from this.”