July 2017

Cobridge child rapist jailed for 17 years fails to convince judges he did not receive a fair trial

A ‘sexual predator’ jailed for 17 years for raping two young girls has failed to convince senior judges that he did not receive a fair trial.

Paedophile Kamaran Anwar Ahmed has spent the last two years behind bars after he was convicted of heinous sex crimes against two victims.

The judge who sentenced the 31-year-old described him as a ‘sexual predator’ and said he had ‘exhibited arrogance and cunning’.

But the defendant, of Elm Street, Cobridge, argued today that his convictions were ‘unsafe’ because the trial judge misdirected the jury in relation to his character.

However, Lady Justice Rafferty, sitting at London’s Appeal Court, said the judge had fully informed jurors of Ahmed’s good character and ‘no possible unfairness resulted’.

The judge, who was sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney and Judge Martyn Zeidman QC, added: “None of the other grounds are arguable.”

Lawyers for Ahmed also argued his jail term was far too tough, but Lady Justice Rafferty said it was ‘not manifestly excessive’.

The court heard Ahmed was convicted of rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of sexual activity with a child before being sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on August 17, 2015.

Lady Justice Rafferty told the Appeal Court today his victims were aged under 13.

Ahmed was also found guilty of two counts of rape involving a second victim.

He kissed and touched the breasts of one girl, molested her private parts and raped her.

The defendant threatened and held down the second victim, before raping her too.

Due to the danger he posed to society, the judge who sentenced Ahmed also ordered him to serve an extra eight years on licence following his release from prison.

And he was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.