July 2017

St Leonards man gets 19-year sentence for child sex offences

A child rapist has been sentenced to 19 years’ imprisonment for a series of sexual offences against two young girls.

Mahmand Khadir, known as David, 33, unemployed, of Carisbrooke Road, St Leonards, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court last Thursday (July 20) having been found guilty after an eight-day trial.

He was convicted of one count of the attempted rape of a child under 13 on one specific occasion and two counts of sexual assault on the same girl, on multiple occasions over a three-year period.

Khadir was also convicted of eight counts of the rape of a girl under 13 on multiple occasions and child cruelty against the same girl on multiple occasions over a two-year period.

The girls were aged between nine and 12 at the times of the offences.

In sentencing Khadir, Judge Stuart Lawson-Rogers told him: “You orchestrated nothing less than a campaign of rape against a child who you treated as a sex object with no regard to your base behaviour on her. You showed little or no emotion or empathy with either of the victims. You had no remorse. Abuse of this nature, particularly against a child, can be a life-long sentence. The effects will be profound and lasting on the child who no doubt was terrified of you”