Ex-teacher who laun­dered drug cash is struck off

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - CHAR­LOTTE DOB­SON

AFORMER maths teacher who ad­mit­ted han­dling her hus­band’s drug money has been struck off for good.

Fa­timah Ahmed, 31, who taught at Poyn­ton High School, was given a two-year suspended sen­tence for money laun­der­ing in March last year.

She was suspended from the Yew Tree Lane school when the al­lega- tions first emerged and later re­signed.

Now she has been banned from teach­ing ‘in­def­i­nitely’ fol­low­ing a pro­fes­sional con­duct hear­ing.

The panel deemed Ahmed’s of­fence too se­ri­ous to ever let her re­turn to the class­room.

She is also banned from teach­ing in any youth ac­com­mo­da­tion or chil­dren’s home in Eng­land.

The panel said they were con­cerned by Ahmed’s lack of re­morse, de­spite her guilty plea in court. A re­port of the hear­ing, car­ried out by the Na­tional Col­lege for Teach­ing and Lead­er­ship, said: “We are very trou­bled that Ms Ahmed con­tin­ues to as­sert that she was not guilty of the of­fence de­spite en­ter­ing a guilty plea be­fore the Crown Court.

“It may be that it sim­ply in­di­cates she does not dis­play any in­sight into the grav­ity of her be­hav­iour.

“Although we lis­tened care­fully to Ms Ahmed give ev­i­dence to the hear­ing we did not de­tect any real de­ter­mi­na­tion on her part to en­sure that there is no like­li­hood of her be­ing in­volved in any such sim­i­lar con­duct in the fu­ture – es­pe­cially if led astray by oth­ers.”

Ahmed, who lived in Woodsmoor in Stock­port at the time of her of­fence, pleaded guilty to con­ceal­ing, dis­guis­ing, con­vert­ing, trans­fer­ring or re­mov­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty, af­ter £7,000 was dis­cov­ered in her bank ac­count.

Her hus­band Mo­haz­zam Ali, 37, was sent to jail af­ter ad­mit­ting a se­ries of drug-deal­ing and pos­ses­sion charges.

She claimed she was ‘duped’ by her hus­band yet con­tin­ued her re­la­tion­ship with him un­til he was sent to jail, the hear­ing heard.

The panel said that laun­der­ing drug money was re­garded as ‘ ab­hor­rent’ and ‘to­tally in­com­pat­i­ble’ with re­main­ing as a mem­ber of the teach­ing pro­fes­sion.

Paul Heath­coat, the fi­nal de­ci­sion maker in the hear­ing, also ruled Ahmed could never ap­ply to re­turn to teach­ing again.

The panel ruled: “For the same rea­sons we can­not con­ceive that there will ever be a time when it can be re­al­is­tic or right for Ms Ahmed to be al­lowed to re­turn to the class­room to teach and in­ter­act with pupils.”

●● Fa­timah Ahmed was given a suspended jail sen­tence for money laun­der­ing last year

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.