October 2016

Pervert newsagent groped young girls


A NEWSAGENT who boasted about having affairs with a string of females is facing jail after he was exposed as a pervert who molested young girls in his shop.

Tariq Chaudhry, 59, groped his victims as they worked behind the counter in Darroch’s newsagents in Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

He would rub himself up against them, make sexual remarks and set up a television in the shop where he watched explicit films.

Chaudhry employed the girls to work after school and weekends between 2005 and 2008.

One girl reported his behaviour eight years ago but nothing was done until another victim contacted police about him last year following an unconnected sex attack in the area.

A probe was launched and led to three girls telling police they had suffered at his hands and he was arrested.

Chaudhry, of Glasgow, went on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court and denied the allegations against him forcing his victims – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – to testify from behind screens.

He accused them of lying but was found guilty of three charges of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices against them between October 2005 and November 2008.

One victim, who is now 22, told the court she was 15 when she was employed in the shop.

She said: “He told me that I would be working in an adult environment so there was behaviour that I just assumed was part of being in that environment.

“There was excessive discussion about his sex life and affairs that he had had.

“He would look at models and talk about their breasts which made me feel uncomfortable.

“He would ask me how my boobs looked, grab my bum and say how nice my legs were.

“When we were working behind the counter he would grab my bum and and put his arms round me, this would happen every shift.

“I eventually handed in my notice because of all of this but the groping escalated.

“My mum would come and pick me up from the shift but I was always aware of not wanting her to come into the shop.”

She added: “I was just embarrassed by it all and I thought I would never fall into something like this.

“When the door of the shop was locked and I was pressed against the counter it was a very intimidating experience.

“Last year there was a sexual assault in the area and I thought I had to do something because I knew someone who was in a position of trust and should not be hiring young girls.”

Another victim, now aged 25, said she reported Chaudhry when she was at school but he was not investigated.

She said: “He would read porn magazines and discuss sexual activities he had with other women.

“He told me he used to work in a restaurant and how he had an affair with a woman, he would have sex with her when they were locking up at the end of a shift.

“He also told me about what his wife would do to him as well.

“He would deliberately brush past me, he would touch my arms and my back and I didn’t like it.

“I don’t trust men anymore and always question their motives and I don’t like being alone with them.

“I reported him when I was at school for what he was doing but nothing was ever done about it.”

Chaudhry was placed on the sex offenders register and will be sentenced next month. He refused to comment.