April 2017

Former Widnes school uniform shop owner jailed for sex offences against child

A former shopkeeper who used to run a Widnes school uniform shop has been jailed for three years this afternoon after being convicted of sex offences against schoolgirls

Rahale Akram had denied sexually molesting two under-age girls but was found guilty after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Sentencing 44-year-old Akram, who used to run M&R Fashions on Alforde Street, Judge Denis Watson, QC, said: “They were both flattered by the attentions of you who were an older man.

“You pursued your friendship with both of them knowing they were underage and you knew they were both shy and naive.

“You had an interest in younger girls and because of your age, charm and elements of your lifestyle you had little difficulty in persuading them to do as you asked.”

“They did not complain at the time and you did not force them to do anything they were not prepared to do. They both look back at those events with a degree of shame or embarrassment as to how they behaved at your insistence.”

He pointed out that Akram, who showed no emotion during the hearing, had sexual activity with one girl when she was 14 and 15 and had sexual relations with the other girl, when she was aged 15.

Akram, formerly of Alforde Street, Widnes, had been convicted of six offences of indecently assaulting one girl and four of indecently assaulting the other girl.

The offences took place in the 1990s at locations in Widnes.

Liverpool Crown Court heard from Anna Price, prosecuting, that Akram, now of Roch Bank, Crumpsall, Manchester, had groomed his victims by giving them gifts.

Akram has two previous convictions in 2015 for indecent image offences, which post-date the assaults, for which he received three year community orders.

The two victims came forward after hearing about those offences.

Judge Watson ordered Akram to sign the sex offenders register for life.

August 2015

Widnes school uniform shop worker convicted of possessing & distributing child abuse images

A MAN who works in a Widnes school uniform shop has been convicted of possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children.

Rahale Akram, of Alforde Street, pleaded guilty to six charges including distributing an indecent photograph of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image involving an animal.

The 42-year-old, who works at M&R Fashions in Alforde Street, appeared at Halton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, August 6, after he was arrested in September.

He admitted possessing indecent photographs of children, including 11 category A images.

Class A covers images which are identified as the most graphic of sexual activity including sadism.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a photograph of bestiality and distributing an indecent photograph of a child aged under 18.

Akram was remanded on conditional bail while he awaits sentencing at Warrington Crown Court, with a date yet to be fixed.

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