January 2019

Victim of Dundee paedophile shopkeeper hits out at his early release from jail

The victim of a pervert shopkeeper says she “wouldn’t have bothered” reporting him had she known he would be released from prison early.

Rana Aslam, 50, was jailed for a year in May after being found guilty of inducing a 12-year-old into engaging in unlawful sexual activity with him between August 1998 and August 2000 at locations across Dundee, Arbroath, Tayport, Kingoodie and elsewhere.

He had groomed his victim into performing sex acts by plying her with gifts of money, perfume and alcohol.

Under current laws, a prisoner sentenced to four years or less is automatically entitled to early release after they have served two thirds of their sentence – meaning Aslam was allowed to enjoy Christmas at home with his family. Aslam was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

The victim, who is now in her early 30s and has a child of her own, said: “Having gone through the whole justice process I felt like they were more worried about his rights than mine.

“I was 12 when he did this, and I first reported it in 2015.

“I spent three years going through the process just for him to serve six months.

“I felt throughout that his lawyers were trying to get me to drop the complaint, which is maybe their job, and there were times when I felt like giving up.

“If I’d known this was what he was going to get maybe I wouldn’t have bothered.”

Last year Sheriff John Rafferty imposed the maximum sentence possible for the crime Aslam was convicted of.

The woman added: “You see people getting jailed for eight months for stealing from a shop.

“The sentencing doesn’t encourage people like me to come forward.

“It makes a mockery of the victims who do speak out.

“The system also needs to change to help people going through the process.

“During the case I spent every other day speaking to a different person on the phone trying to find out when the trial was, and I had to explain every day who I was and what had happened to me. I haven’t even told my dad about what happened to me yet.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said: “It would not be appropriate for us to comment on the sentencing or release.”

May 2018

Paedo shopkeeper who groomed and abused Dundee girl who came to buy sweets has been jailed

A paedophile shopkeeper who groomed and sexually abused a girl who came to buy sweets has been jailed.

Rana Aslam’s victim branded him a “dirty paedophile scumbag” after he was found guilty of showering the girl, 13, with gifts and plying her with booze before carrying out sex attacks on her.

The abuse happened in 1999 and 2000 – but the woman, now aged 32 – didn’t come forward until running into Aslam in the street twice in 2015.

That prompted her to come forward and tell her story – with Aslam finally being convicted after a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court last month.

Aslam was today jailed for a year and placed on the sex offenders register for ten years after a sheriff told him he had “satisfied his lustful desires” by abusing the girl.

The lawman told him that letting him walk free would provoke “justified public outrage”.

Aslam – who runs a convenience store in Dundee’s Charleston district – preyed on the girl between August 1998 and August 2000.

Giving evidence from behind a screen she told how he bought her gifts including shoes, perfume, cash and a mobile phone. The pervert also plied her with booze during the two-year campaign.

The court heard he would get her into his car and drive her to various locations in Perthshire, Fife, Angus and Dundee and carry out sex attacks on her.

Speaking after his conviction Aslam’s victim, now 32 and with a family of her own, blasted the creep.

She said: “I would go in with my pocket money to buy sweets with my friend and he said we were ‘really pretty’.

“He enticed us into his car and bought us a McDonald’s – from there the abuse started.

“It began with him kissing and groping me. He would buy me CDs, perfume and even a mobile phone, which I had to hide from my parents.

“One time at a flat he gave me alcopops and I pretty much passed out. When I was 15 he started working elsewhere and I didn’t see him for years.”

She said she came forward after spotting him in the street 15 years later, and added: “I realised that he needed to be punished for what he did.

“At court I was shaking and couldn’t breathe. He portrayed himself as this honest, religious, family man – but he’s the complete opposite. I want him to go to prison for a long time.”

Aslam, 50, of Dundee, denied a charge of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour committed between August 20 1998 and August 20 2000.

But after a one-day trial he was found guilty. An allegation that he engaged in full sexual intercourse with his victim was removed from the charge.

Sheriff John Rafferty imposed a one-year prison sentence – the maximum available as the case was brought on summary complaint before a sheriff sitting alone without a jury.

He also placed Aslam on the sex offenders register for ten years.

He said: “This is a case where you have satisfied your lustful desires without having any regard whatsoever to the impact that that would have on your young female victim.

“Only a custodial sentence is appropriate. There would be justified public outrage if persons were allowed to behave in this manner and not punished by a custodial sentence.”

April 2018

Woman hits out at Dundee shopkeeper who groomed and sexually assaulted her aged 12

A woman has spoken out about a vile pervert who groomed and sexually assaulted her when she was aged just 12.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, branded shopkeeper Rana Aslam a “dirty, paedophile scumbag”.

Aslam, 50, of Wallacetown Court, denied that at various locations in the late 1990s and early 2000s he carried out various sexual acts with the girl before having full sex with her.

He was found guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the girl, giving her gifts including shoes and a mobile telephone, inducing her to enter a vehicle with him and driving her to various locations where he engaged in unlawful sexual activity with her.

The court heard that Aslam preyed on the girl on various occasions between August 1998 and August 2000 at locations including Dundee’s Wellington Square, Ogilvie Street and at Gourdie Croft in Kingsway, at a Spar shop in Dundee and at unknown locations near Arbroath, Tayport, Kingoodie and elsewhere.

But he was cleared of having full sex with his victim.

Now in her early 30s and with a child of her own, the woman said: “He was in his 30s and I was 12. He worked at a shop in Kirkton. I would go in with my pocket money to buy sweets with my friend. He said we were ‘really pretty’.

“He enticed us into his car and bought us a McDonald’s — from there the abuse started. It began with him kissing and groping me. He would buy me CDs, perfume and even a mobile phone, which I had to hide from my parents. One time at a flat he gave me and my friend alcopops and I pretty much passed out. My friend was really worried.

“When I was 15 he started working elsewhere and I didn’t see him for years.”

After randomly seeing Aslam twice in the street in 2015, the woman finally decided to go to the police.

“I realised that he needed to be punished for what he did,” she said.

“At court I was shaking and couldn’t breathe.

“He portrayed himself as this honest, religious, family man, but he’s the complete opposite. I want him to go to prison for a long time.”

Sheriff Rafferty granted Aslam bail, telling him he required reports.

Sentence was deferred until May 1.