June 2016

Gateshead pervert cries in the dock as he is jailed for sex attacks on terrified schoolgirl


A pervert who stole a young girl’s childhood by subjecting her to a campaign of sexual abuse has been jailed for 17 years.

Feridon Ali left the youngster terrified after carrying out a series of sex attacks when she was as young as 11.

A court heard the abuse has had a devastating impact on the victim, who has had nightmares about Ali coming to get her.

Now the 37-year-old, convicted of nine sex offences, has been sent to serve a lengthy spell behind bars in tears.

Sentencing Ali at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Penny Moreland said: “She was frightened of you and you told her not to tell anyone and said she would be the one who would be in trouble.

“She told the jury she was terrified of you.

“What you did has had, and will continue to have, a devastating effect on her.

“She has caused herself harm in a variety of ways over a long period of years. She has suffered severe psychological harm.

“What you did effects the way she lives now, her perception of herself and the world around her.

“She fears it will continue to affect her the way she lives her life in the future.

“You stole her childhood from her.”

Ali, of Cheviot Gardens, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, was found guilty last month of nine sexual assault offences after a trial.

Prosecutor Matthew Bean referred to a statement prepared by the victim, outlining the impact of what happened to her.

Mr Bean said: “She says she now finds it difficult to trust anyone and that she felt so alone, like she had no one to confide in or talk to.

“She says she feels like ‘I’m not going to be good at anything and as though I’m just not good enough. This is because of what he drilled into my head’.

“She says all of the abuse seems stuck in her head and that, even today, little things remind her of him and what he did to her.

“She’s had difficulty sleeping and would have nightmares. She says she dreamed that he was coming to get her.”

As well as the 17-year prison sentence, Ali must sign the sex offenders’ register for life, was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and was barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.

Shaun Routledge, defending, said: “He will find any custodial sentence more difficult that a lot of people. He has found it extremely difficult for the last few weeks and has suffered assaults.”