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