July 2018

Man jailed for sex attacks on girl dating back more than 40 years

A 66-year-old man who was found guilty by a jury of sexually abusing a young girl more than 40 years ago has been jailed for eight years.

After more than nine hours of deliberation Mohammed Anwar was convicted by a jury of five indecent assault charges following a trial at Leeds Crown Court in May.

Anwar, of Dog Kennel Bank, Almondbury, was cleared on another allegation and the jury failed to reach verdicts on six other charges which will now lie on file.

During a sentence hearing at Bradford Crown Court on Friday his barrister Adam Birkby referred Judge Mushtaq Khokhar to a number of character references which supported the positive life built up by his client since the offences were committed.

He said Anwar was a devoted family man who was held in high regard and any prison sentence would be particularly hard for the defendant because of his current health condition.

“The other innocent victims in these kind of cases are the defendant’s family,” submitted Mr Birkby.

He said the jury’s verdicts had caused “utter devastation.”

Jailing Anwar Judge Khokhar said the abuse began with an “opportunistic offence”, but the defendant had then threatened the girl, who cannot be identified, not to tell anyone.

In a victim impact statement the complainant describes how she felt frightened of the defendant and was unable to stop what he was doing.

“It’s clear from what has been put in writing and what she told the court during the course of these proceedings that the impact of your offending against her has been catastrophic,” the judge told Anwar.

“I have read a number of references that you have uploaded and without question everybody holds you in high regard…but I am afraid for the type of offending we are talking about there is only on type of sentence that will be passed and it is one of custody.”

Anwar will now have to register as a sex offender for life as a result of his conviction.

May 2018

Man facing jail for sexually abusing girl in front of other children

A man has been warned he is facing jail after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl.

A jury of six men and four women took nine hours and 30 minutes to find Mohammed Anwar guilty by a majority of 9-1 on five counts of indecent assault.

Judge Mushtaq Khokar warned the 66-year-old it was likely the sentence will be one of imprisonment.

Leeds Crown Court previously heard Anwar, of Dog Kennel Bank in Huddersfield, sexually abused a young girl multiple times in front of other people, including children.

Anwar, who has no previous convictions, was facing a total of 12 charges of indecent assault. Jurors failed to reach a verdict on six counts and unanimously found him not guilty on one count.

But the judge said: “I do not consider it to be in the public interest to retry this case, given his age and the number of guilty verdicts that have been returned.”

The sentencing was adjourned until June 15, pending a report from the probation service.

Judge Khokar “reluctantly” released the defendant on bail on the condition he abides by a curfew from 6.30pm to 8am, surrender his passport and other travel documents to a police station and lives and sleeps at his home address.

A woman in the public gallery, who had started to cry as the verdicts were returned, left the courtroom and hugged Anwar, who wore a navy suit, a purple shirt and tie and brown shoes to court.

The victim, who is now an adult, and her daughter, were also in court to hear the verdicts and hugged each other after the hearing.