Paedophile has his original sentence doubled on appeal
A sex offender, jailed in December for the “systematic” sexual abuse of a young girl, has had his original lenient sentence doubled by senior judges.
Mohammed Waqar, 33, of Keighley, had his prison term increased yesterday after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred the original sentence to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient.
Waqar sexually assaulted the child, aged under 13, on a number of occasions over a sustained 10-month period.
He forced the victim to watch a sexual act after showing her pornography on his phone.
During the trial, the jury also heard that Waqar, a married man with three children, pulled down the girl’s trousers and touched her indecently.
He showed no remorse for his actions during the trial, insisting that he was innocent.
In December at Bradford Crown Court, the trial judge, Recorder Rachael Harrison, said Waqar had deliberately isolated the girl in order to sexually assault her.
“You systematically abused her over 10 months,” Recorder Harrison said.
She told Waqar, of Devonshire Street, Keighley: “Only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate.”
She sentenced him to just two years in prison.
He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years and ordered to sign the sexual offenders register.
Today, the Court of Appeal agreed that his original sentence was too lenient and increased it to four years.
After the hearing, the Solicitor General said: “Sexual abuse is one of the most psychologically damaging things that can happen to a child.
“Waqar is guilty of repeatedly and consistently abusing the victim. I’m pleased the Court of Appeal has agreed to extend his sentence.”
Pervert jailed for the “systematic” sexual abuse of young girl
A 33-year-old man has been jailed for two years for the “systematic” sexual abuse of a young girl over a period of ten months.
Mohammed Waqar, of Devonshire Street, Keighley, was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court in October of eight offences, including seven allegations of sexual assault of a child under 13 and one count of causing his victim to watch a sexual act.
During the trial, the jury heard that Waqar, a married man with three children, pulled down the girl’s trousers and touched her indecently.
He also showed her pornography on his phone and kissed her on the lips.
The police were alerted when she told her mother in September last year.
Waqar’s barrister, Jeremy Hill Baker, handed in references from family members and employers speaking highly of his client and saying his behaviour was out of character.
The court heard that Waqar continued to deny his guilt, telling his probation officer he was innocent.
Mr Hill Baker said Waqar’s wife was very supportive of him and his relatives were shocked and upset.
He urged the court to consider the possibility of suspending the inevitable custodial sentence.
But the trial judge, Recorder Rachael Harrison, said Waqar had deliberately isolated the girl in order to sexually assault her.
“You systematically abused her over ten months,” Recorder Harrison said.
She told Waqar: “Only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate.”
A Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years was put in place to safeguard young girls in the future and Waqar must sign on the sex offenders’ register.
Man, 33, faces jail after being found guilty of sexually abusing young girl
A 33-YEAR-OLD man is facing jail after being found guilty of sexually abusing a young girl.
Mohammed Waqar, of Devonshire Street, Keighley, was convicted of seven charges of sexual assault of a girl under 13 following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.
The jury also found him guilty on one count of causing a child to watch a sexual act, clearing him of another allegation of the same offence.
During the trial, Waqar, who is married with children, was said to have pulled down the child’s trousers, touched her indecently, and showed her pornographic films.
Prosecutor Deborah Smithies told the jury that the abuse had begun two years ago when the girl was aged eight, with Waqar’s actions reported when she told her mother in September last year.
Recorder Rachael Harrison granted Waqar bail ahead of his sentencing on December 1.