Nushee Imran, 40, leaving Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court
A stalker mother who vowed to kill her five-year-old son’s primary school teacher after becoming jealous of how much he talked about her has avoided jail.
Nushee Imran, 40, would turn up at Rebecca Kind’s home and bombard the teacher with phone calls, texts and emails after becoming convinced her victim was leading a ‘conspiracy’ to break up her family.
The stalking campaign began after Mrs Kind began supporting Imran’s son, who has special needs and would regularly talk about his teacher, asking if he could buy flowers for her.
It is believed the incidents worsened after Mrs Kind alerted a social worker when she noticed Imran being ‘too tough’ with the her son as she was applying a plaster.
During one face-to-face confrontation at the school, Imran, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, asked Mrs Kind: ‘Are you scared of me?’ to which she replied ‘I’m just doing my job as a teacher.’
Police were called in after Imran told a doctor she planned to kill Mrs Kind ‘because of all the pain and suffering she had caused her’, claiming she thought a ‘conspiracy was in place to have her children removed from her.’
She subsequently blamed stress for her conduct.
Mrs Kind told police she was ‘shocked’ the parent had made a threat on her life.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Imran admitted stalking causing fear of violence between May 2018 and April 2019.
She was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for a year and banned from contacting Mrs Kind, a Special Educational Needs Disability Co-ordinator, for five years under the terms of a restraining order.
The stalking campaign began after Mrs Kind (right) began supporting Imran’s son, who has special needs
Prosecuting, Justin Hayhoe said: ‘The defendant began to contact Mrs Kind at a disproportionate level to what was required. She would attend the school sometimes four times a day and would constantly call and email. She was advised by the school to stop but continued.
‘In October 2018 the defendant attended the school and was changing the bandages of her son who at the time had some infected blisters.
‘Mrs Kind witnessed the interaction between the defendant and her son and thought it was somewhat tougher than it should be and so she informed a social worker.
‘Around Christmas 2018 there was further contact in the form of phone calls, texts, emails and video calls with Mrs Kind. Some of them were unpleasant but not abusive or violent in nature at that time.
‘The defendant thought her child was being taken off her as a result of Mrs Kind.
‘In January 2019, Mrs Kind noticed the defendant’s car driving past her house slowly. The school were made aware and there was another meeting with the defendant. However the contact continued.
‘In March 2019 the defendant attended the school and was told she should not attend the school between 9am-3pm and should not contact Mrs Kind and if she had any matters to discuss she was advised to contact the headteacher.
‘But shortly afterwards the defendant was again seen driving slowly past Mrs Kind’s home address. Mrs Kind became upset as to what was happening. During another meeting, the defendant asked her ”are you scared of me?” to which she replied ”I’m just doing my job as a teacher.”
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Imran admitted stalking causing fear of violence between May 2018 and April 2019
‘The defendant said she would not go to Mrs Kind’s home again but Mrs Kind received a friend request on Facebook. She suspected it was the defendant and when it was challenged her account was deleted. There continued to be a number of phone calls and text messages from the defendant saying she was in hospital and needed help.
‘The defendant attended her GP and was given an appointment with a mental health practitioner. She told the mental health practitioner she thought a conspiracy was in place to have her children removed from her.
‘She said she wanted to kill Mrs Kind because of all the pain and suffering she had caused her. The mental health practitioner then contacted the police as she took that to be a serious threat.
‘The defendant was arrested and spent two days in custody. She admitted what she had been doing. Police went to Miss Kind who had no idea the defendant had wanted to kill her. There was in excess of 100 emails among other means of contact. The defendant accepted that was not appropriate. Mrs Kind was shocked that there had been a threat to kill.’
Imran admitted stalking causing fear of violence between May 2018 and April 2019
In mitigation, defence lawyer Tom McKail said: ‘She truly is ashamed of what she’s done. She knows it was irrational and reckless behaviour. She lost control and was in a not particularly great place in her life and was under a lot of stress. She accepts the teacher-parent relationship is extremely important.
Mr McKail added: ‘She has four children and she mistrusted the school in the way her son had been dealt with which led to this. She fully accepts her behaviour was wrong.
‘She can’t make any excuses for going to the victim’s home address but she does suffer from depressive episodes. Her family are supportive of her. She has shown genuine remorse and is sorry to her family.’
Sentencing, the judge Mr Recorder Matthew Corbett-Jones told Imran: ‘You became obsessed and jealous of your victim in her capacity as his teacher and her ability to support your son with his considerable needs. You have sudden bursts of feeling angry and struggle to control your behaviour and you began to feel overwhelmed by this feeling when your son started talking of his teacher at school.
‘You became jealous of her relationship with your son and in January of this year, you went slowly driving past her home. You would constantly contact your victim and the school. They challenged your behaviour but you resisted that – your son wanted to buy his teacher flowers and you felt slighted and you became fixated.
‘In March, such was the level of your harassment, a plan had to be put in place to prevent you contacting Mrs Kind yet you continued to show up at school. After that you still drove to her house and waited outside. You caused your victim genuine fear and upset. In April you were thinking of ending your life and she was concerned by your increasingly volatile behaviour.
‘She was scared you would return to her house. To your credit you contacted your GP and explained you had concerns about your own behaviour and were sent to a mental health practitioner. But when you told that person you had thoughts of killing her, you were arrested and spent two nights in custody.
‘You suffer from moderate depressive episodes. You have expressed remorse for your behaviour and have demonstrated insight into the harm you have caused. A pre-sentence report says you suffer from stress but you accept your actions and that you were aware and in control of what you were doing. You are now taking medication more regularly and it is moderating your behaviour.
‘You accept that you need to seek support from others more appropriate in future. I accept that a significant factor in your mitigation has been caring for your son who has extra needs and you are the primary carer for your four children. I hope very much that will be an end to these matters.’