November 2016

Schoolgirl who was sexually abused now scared of ‘everything’

A man who sexually abused a young schoolgirl was given a seven year jail sentence.

Faroukh Yousuf (47) was convicted of three counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13, during two months of last year, on majority 11- 1 verdicts.

He was also found guilty, by the jury at Leicester Crown Court, of causing or inciting the same child to engage in sexual activity, on a majority verdict of 10-2.

Yousuf, of Loughborough Road, Leicester, denied all the allegations claiming nothing indecent occurred and that the child, aged 10, was making it all up.

Philip Gibbs, prosecuting, said the defendant had told the girl not to tell anyone about what had happened.

The victim gave evidence during a six day trial outlining how he had assaulted her and touched her intimately.

On another occasion the defendant exposed himself and tried to assault her.

The incident stopped when somebody else approached the area where they were.

Sentencing, Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: “It’s a case where planning and grooming was involved and an element of manipulation.

“You took advantage of her naivety.

“She says she’s now scared of ‘everything,’ it’s affected her schooling and she struggles.

“She spends a lot of time on her own.

“These things shouldn’t have happened to her in the first place.

“You, for your own pleasure, did those things she has accused you of.

“You said that she was a liar.”

The judge added: “In mitigation, it’s fair to say that before these matters you were a man of hitherto good character.

“I bear in mind your incarceration will have an effect upon your family.”

Yousuf was told he will have to enlist on a sex offender register for life and was placed on a sexual harm prevention order for life.