July 2008

Burnley man jailed for 10 years for rape

A BURNLEY man convicted of sex offences including rape has been jailed for 10 years.

And the judge directed that Tariq Mahmood should be on five years extended licence when he is eventually released.

Mahmood, 35,of Stafford Street, Burnley had been convicted by a jury following trial at Burnley Crown Court.

He was found guilty of two charges of rape, plus three of indecent assault.

At a sentencing hearing at Preston Crown Court, Judge Christopher Cornwall considered impact statements made by the two victims in the case.

Mahmood was a man of previous good character.

The judge told the defendant: “The harm you have done to them is very considerable, for all the reasons they have set out in their victim personal statements”.

Defence barrister Mr John Maxwell said the family of Mahmood, who is married, were at court. He was originally from Pakistan.

The judge said testimonials presented to the court on his behalf showed a very different aspect to his character.

He directed that Mahmood should be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

Judge Cornwall told the defendant “In my judgment, the jury at Burnley Crown Court returned true verdicts according to the evidence.”