July 2018

Child sex abuser assaulted girl, 6, he was babysitting and a friend’s daughter, 16

A child sex abuser indecently touched a six-year-old girl whom he was entrusted to babysit.

Zulfikar Ali Tai, 43, molested the youngster on several occasions until she was about 10.

It was when the child wrote an essay at school as a “cry for help” that the abuse came to light, Leicester Crown Court was told.

Caroline Bray, prosecuting, said that during a police inquiry a second victim came forward to reveal she had also been molested in her bed when the defendant stayed at her family’s home as a guest. She was 16 at the time.

Tai, of Thurlby Road, Spinney Hills, Leicester, was found guilty by a jury of six sexual assaults upon a child under 13 and two counts of sexual assault in relation to the older girl.

He was jailed for 10 years.

The offences took place on various dates between 2008 and 2016.

Tai, who faces deportation to India at the end of his sentence as he had no right to remain in the UK, had denied all the offences.

He claimed that nothing sexual ever happened, and that the girls and their families had fabricated the allegations.

Sentencing Tai, Recorder Steven Evans said: “You’ve significantly affected the lives of two young people.

“One was a child and the other a young adolescent coming into adulthood.”

He added: “I’ve read two moving victim impact statements.

“You’ve brought shame and ruin to the lives of these two young people.

“You deliberately engineered a position of trust and association in order to have access to them.

“The two families trusted you utterly with their most treasured possessions, their daughters.

“Whilst enjoying their hospitality you were sexually abusing their children.

“You targeted these children, the location was their own homes where they were entitled to feel safe.”

The recorder said the second child had been asleep in her bed when the defendant crept in and indecently touched her.

Mr Evans said: “One can only imagine her terror as you entered her bedroom, secretly and stealthily.

“Both girls have had to relive their experiences in court; their evidence was compelling and as the jury found, their distress was genuine.

“Your defence involved impugning them and members of their family, their parents, and they had to listen to your distressing lies.

“The families of the victims are supportive and caring – and the girls will need that love and support in the days to come.”

Tai, who married in 2016 and has two small children, was placed on indefinite sexual harm prevention and restraining orders.

Miss Bray told the court that both victims had been deeply traumatised.

The first victim, now 14, said in an impact statement that she considered the defendant to be a “monster figure”, and that she still has nightmares.

She described feeling “broken”.

The second girl, now 18, said she thought about what happened daily and it made her feel “sad”.

She felt “different” to her friends and had lost her confidence.