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.