March 2018

‘Depraved’ sex offender who groomed 12 year old child

A ‘depraved’ sex offender who groomed a 12 year old child over Facebook before raping her – just months after being released from jail following an earlier attack on a schoolgirl – has been jailed.

Osman Ali, 25, began speaking to the schoolgirl on the social media site before manipulating her into believing they were a couple.

He regularly messaged the youngster before arranging to meet her for the first time in October 2016.

Just months earlier, Ali had been released four years into an eight year prison sentence after being convicted, alongside two other men, of the rape of a teenager.

Over the next seven months Ali met the girl regularly at weekends before raping her a house in Rochdale.

Ali had pictures of the girl in her school uniform on his phone.

His sickening offending was exposed last May when the girl was found by a concerned resident walking through the streets of Rochdale in a ‘distressed state’ after her ‘boyfriend’ had broken up with her.

Yesterday, Ali, of Corbett Street, Rochdale, was sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of raping a child under 13 at Minshull Street Court.

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