A cost of legal harassment was stayed in a Vancouver courtroom on Friday, in connection to the video of a wierd man stalking a girl by way of the downtown space.
Mohammed Majidpour, 34, pleaded responsible to at least one rely every of assault with a weapon, mischief, uttering threats, and breaking and coming into for unrelated incidents in Vancouver and Richmond between January and March of this yr.
He obtained credit score for the 180 days he spent in custody previous to the sentencing listening to, which came about Friday morning in provincial courtroom.
All different costs he confronted — together with the legal harassment cost associated to the stalking video — had been stayed.
Jamie Coutts, the Vancouver lady who filmed a masked man following her on March 17, stated she feels police “dropped the ball with the investigation.”
“I’m fairly disillusioned that this was the conclusion they’ve come to,” Coutts informed International Information after the listening to.
“He’s confirmed himself to be a harmful man who wasn’t even phased after I was recording him… and now we’re coming into the months of the yr the place it’s going to begin getting darkish at 5 p.m.
“How am I alleged to be really feel secure in my very own neighbourhood?”
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The stalking incident went viral after Coutts filmed the person following her for greater than half an hour close to Keefer and Columbia streets, as she made her approach dwelling from working some errands.
On the time, the person didn’t appear perturbed by the digicam and refused to again off when Coutts informed him he was too near her.
It wasn’t till she sat down with a bunch of strangers, in search of security, and another person confronted him that he retreated.
He was additionally charged for a number of different unrelated circumstances, together with legal harassment, assault, and uttering threats, which allegedly came about in Metro Vancouver that very same month.
Costs associated to March 13 and March 19 incidents had been dropped after Friday’s listening to, through which Majidpour appeared by video convention.
International Information reached out to Crown Counsel to search out out why the cost associated to the stalking video was stayed, however didn’t instantly hear again.
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A spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Division declined to touch upon Majidpour’s listening to or Coutts’ allegation that officers “dropped the ball.”
The officer, nonetheless, did say that Coutts did the suitable factor by coming ahead and that they arrested the person they thought was accountable.
On the time of Coutts’ expertise, Vancouver police stated they’d spoken to different doable victims.
Coutts stated she felt unsupported after the horrifying incident and struggled to search out ample counselling providers within the midst of a pandemic that was tying up many licensed professionals.
– With recordsdata from Amy Judd
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