Thursday, May 28, 2015
Teenager jailed after unleashing ‘sickening’ and ‘gratuitous’ attack on student - just to steal his mobile...
Sheikh Juned and another man unleashed an attack so brutal on Burnley UCLan student Michael Conway that he was unconscious inside 20 seconds.A TEENAGER who unleashed ‘sickening’ and ‘gratuitous’ violence on a student to steal his mobile phone has been locked up for eight years.
Burnley Crown Court heard the attack, in the M65 underpass at Gannow Top, left Mr Conway struggling to deal with the physical and emotional after-effects.
Mr Conway required a nine-hour operation on injuries to his face, had five metal plates inserted, has lost around 14 teeth either as part of the attack and had suffered a fractured eye socket, cheekbone and jaw.
The court was told that the attack had been so violent that the ‘zig-zag marks’ from the bottom of one of the assailant’s trainers were visible on Mr Conway’s face and head, and police who arrived at the scene said he was ‘unrecognisable’.
Geoff Whelan, prosecuting, said Mr Conway’s victim impact statement had painted a picture of the ‘emotional, physical and social’ injuries he had sustained.
He said: “Mr Conway will have scarring for the remainder of his life as a result of the attack, and it will be a permanent reminder of what he describes as the ‘worst day of my life’.
“After leaving hospital he was diagnosed with depression and at one stage considered ending his life.
“He has told his mum that he wishes he had never gone into the subway on that day.”
Mr Conway is still suffering with sleeplessness and anxiety following the attack and he struggles to be out on his own.
Mr Whelan said: “This incident has destroyed his university course. He missed so much of his course that he couldn’t recover it to graduate and he had to drop out of university.
“He feels he cannot forgive his attacker as he has had years of his life taken away from him.”“He plans to start again but that will have a significant effect on the cost of his education.
Mr Conway had his mobile phone, wallet, passport and bank cards taken during the attack on March 28, 2013, which stopped when two passers-by intervened.
Juned, 18, of Higher Reedley Road, Reedley, made two attempts to sell on the student’s mobile phone to a friend. But police managed to trace the device, after a new SIM card was inserted by the unwitting customer, and Juned was later arrested.
He denied all knowledge of the robbery, even though Mr Conway picked him out twice, via a video identification parade, as one of the culprits.
Since being found guilty at the end of a three-day trial Juned has admitted to his part in the attack.
William Staunton, defending, said Juned had struggled to cope with the suicide of his sister in 2013 after she was removed from the family home due to violence.
He has previous convictions as a young offender for burglary, where two children were threatened with an imitation firearm, a robbery and attempted robbery charge, arson and common assault against his mum.
Recorder Tania Griffiths QC, sentencing Juned, said: “This was an unprovoked attack of gratuitous violence on a level that was sickening.
“This was very clearly a planned attack against somebody who was vulnerable as he was isolated in the subway.”
Having been found guilty of robbery and section 18 assault Juned was sentenced to eight years detention for both offences, with the sentences running alongside each other.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Married businessman Mohammed Khubaib, 43, originally from Pakistan, had a "persistent and almost predatory interest" in teenage girls, the Old Bailey heard.A "predatory" restaurant boss has been jailed for 13 years after becoming the last of a string of men to be convicted of child sex crimes in Peterborough.
He groomed vulnerable under-age girls by giving them money, gifts or cigarettes before plying them with alcohol.
Following a trial, he was found guilty of forcing a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him and nine counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, involving girls aged from 12 to 15, between November 2010 and January 2013.
Today, Judge Peter Rook QC sentenced him to 13 years in jail for the rape extended for five years on licence.
For each of the trafficking offences, he sentenced him to either four or two years, all to run concurrently.
He also imposed a sexual harm prevention order and disqualified him from working with children for life, saying he clearly posed a danger to girls and young women.
He told him: "Your actions have had a profound effect on these young girls. Some have lost trust in people and ended self confidence, self esteem as a result of your conduct."
"You targeted these young girls because they were vulnerable and you were seeking opportunities for your own sexual gratification.
"You knew these girls wanted alcohol and transport. You knew they were young and immature and at their age they didn't know any better.
"No doubt you felt you were untouchable as you took the view there was no risk these girls would ever give evidence about these activities."
He said in fact they had shown "great courage" in giving evidence, knowing that he was likely to "blame them".
Many of Khubaib's victims were in court to see him sentenced at the Old Bailey.
The judge added: "You showed no remorse, no acknowledgement whatsoever as to the effect of your predatory conduct.
"Society is now far more aware than it was in the past of the serious psychological harm that such behaviour as yours can cause."
Earlier, the court heard how the father of five still did not accept his guilt.
But as a result of the case, Khubaib's licences to run a restaurant and lettingagency had been revoked by the council and both businesses subsequently failed.
Khubaib is the 10th man to be convicted following operation Erle - a multi-agency investigation into child sex crimes in Peterborough set in train in the wake of the Rotherham and Rochdale child abuse cases.
The court had heard that Khubaib's activities in Peterborough involved girls being befriended and then "hooked" with alcohol - normally vodka - in an attempt to make them "compliant" to sexual advances.
Khubaib, who lived in the city with his wife and children, would pursue his interest "away from his home and family", using his restaurant as a "focal point".
Mark Dennis QC, prosecuting, said the girls were vulnerable because of their age, background, circumstances or unsettled schooling and Khubaib pretended to be their "friend and helper".
Khubaib, who also ran a lettings agency, would drive girls to flats in his 4x4 and, once there, they would be groomed for sex by being "plied with alcohol and entertained by himself and his friends".
He raped a 14-year-old girl in August 2007 by forcing her to perform oral sex on him after she was given alcohol and then "rewarded" with £5, the court heard.
The jury also heard details of the trafficking allegations.
The defendant would buy one girl and her friends McDonald's meals and tobacco, as well as giving her small sums of money and a £40 bunch of flowers for her 15th birthday, the court heard.
He told the girl he wanted her to be his wife, saying that he would "choose her over everyone else", while he told another 15-year-old she had beautiful eyes, the jury was told.
When she rebuffed him, saying he was too old for her, he was said to have replied: "Age doesn't matter."
Khubaib offered another girl £60, telling her: "You make me happy, I'll give you money."
Two weeks later he increased the offer to £90, the court heard. The girl refused.
In January 2013, Khubaib picked up two friends - one aged 12 and the other aged 14 - in his seven-seater car and took them to a McDonald's, Mr Dennis said.
The girls became uncomfortable when Khubaib got into a row on his phone and slipped away.
Later that month, he was arrested at a terraced house in Peterborough, where police found two girls aged 14.
Khubaib said in police interviews that his association with all of the girls was innocent and he had not acted in any improper way, denying any sexual contact with his rape victim.
Four previous cases led to nine male defendants being jailed for 59 offences against 15 girls, who were mostly from Peterborough, with a couple from Lincolnshire and Rutland.
New mosque gets go-ahead: Planning inspectorate grants four-year trial on space for 95 Muslim worshippers
An application to turn the old bank in Green Lane into a place of worship was first submitted in 2012 and following the planning inspectorate’s decision, which published its findings on Wednesday, May 13, the community can expect the development to go ahead on a four-year trial.Permission for a mosque with space for up to 95 worshippers in Worcester Parkhas been granted after the long-running planning saga came to an end.
Paul Scully, MP for Sutton and Cheam, said: “I am really surprised at the decision.
“Parking and congestion is already an issue for people.
“I can’t see how this won’t exacerbate the situation.
“However, I’ll work constructively with trustees of the mosque to ensure that this four-year trial works as smoothly as possible for both worshippers and residents.”
The inspector, Richard Clegg, dismissed plans for the mosque to accommodate 140 worshippers stating it would be “likely to have a severe localised impact on traffic movement and potentially on highway safety”.
Mr Clegg said the harm of the 140 worshippers plans would not be outweighed by the importance of meeting a need for a mosque in Worcester Park. He admitted a “smaller scheme for 95 worshippers would also have an adverse effect,” but he did “not consider that effect would be severe”.
Other conditions attached to the plan include its opening hours, between 5am and 11pm, except between March 1 and September 1 or during Ramadan, when it may have extended use.He said: “On balance the benefits would outweigh the harm, and temporary permission for a period of four years would enable the effect of the use on traffic movement and highway safety to be fully assessed.”
The building can only have 95 people inside it during Salat-al-Jumu’ah prayers on Fridays, Festival Eid prayers and prayers on the first, fifth and 26th nights of Ramadan.
At all other times its capacity will be limited to 40 people.
For those concerned about issues of traffic, the inspectorate has also insisted that before opening, the mosque must provide a travel plan.
Hugh Bryne, chairman of the Worcester Park Residents’ Association, said he would reserve comment until reading the full details of the plans, but added that as the mosque will be part of the community they must be welcomed as such.