Detective set for court over alleged ‘scam’ is cleared

Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice

charges of money laundering and criminal property offences against a Doncaster detective have been dropped more than two years after his arrest.

Detective Inspector Shakeel Ahmed, 37, who worked at Doncaster CID was suspended from the South Yorkshire Police force after his arrest following raids on a number of addresses in a West Yorkshire police operation.

The officer of Agbrigg, Wakefield, was one of five defendants who were due to stand trial at Leeds Crown Court.

But following legal submissions the prosecution offered no further evidence on the matters.

Richard Wright prosecuting told the court that the Crown had “a continuing duty to review any case and to determine at any stage of the proceedings whether or not there remains a realistic prospect of securing a conviction.”

He said following defence arguments to stay the indictment that duty was at the forefront of the prosecution minds.

“We are satisfied that all of those concerned in this investigation and prosecution have acted at all times in good faith; however we have more or less concluded that there doesn’t remain such prospect of securing a conviction in the case of the accused.

“Accordingly we offer no evidence on all counts and invite the court to enter verdicts of not guilty.”

Judge Scott Wolstenholme directed a not guilty verdict on Clare Batty, 38, the last of the five defendants to be formally cleared by him following the prosecution decision.

Ahmed, who served with Doncaster CID, pleaded not guilty at York Crown Court in January to seven charges of converting criminal property by allegedly using money in whole or part from criminal conduct, towards the purchase of properties in the Wakefield area.

He also denied one charge of possessing criminal property with Clare Batty, who was described at a previous hearing as his partner.

He denied another charge of possessing criminal property relating to housing and council tax benefit payments.

The others cleared were Suleman Azam, 35 and Usman Azam, 26, and Gulzer Akram, 49, all of Wakefield. All three denied the charges that were levelled against them.

At the time of the police raids in 2009 at homes and businesses in the Sandal and Agbrigg areas of Wakefield several luxury cars were seized during the investigation.