Monday, February 05, 2018
Muslim migrant, 34, turned up to meet 12-year-old girl with a condom and a burger
A sex predator faces deportation after being caught in an online sting.
After spending twelve days swapping messages with someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl, Al-Imran Ali turned up to a meeting at Salford Quays with a condom and a burger from Burger King.
In reality he had fallen into a trap set by online vigilantes from the group ‘Silent Justice’, who use fake internet profiles to snare would-be sex offenders.
Now the 34-year-old, who arrived in the UK eight years ago on a student visa which has since expired, has been jailed – and faces being deported to Pakistan.
A Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing heard how Ali contacted an account operated by Silent Justice on a dating website.
Prosecuting, Martin Callery told court: “He was the subject of an operation undertaken by a group called Silent Justice.
“They are a group who track down paedophiles, and those who make communication with young people, or seemingly young people, through social media.”
Ali had started out with a direct message to ‘Nicola’ on the site, simply saying ‘Hi’.‘Nicola’ replied saying: “Hi, I’m Nicola, 12, from Lancashire.”
Their conversation then moved onto WhatsApp.
“Those conversations for his part became increasingly more sexualised, increasingly more graphic,” Mr Callery said.
Unaware he was actually talking to a 49-year-old woman, Ali asked ‘Nicola’ whether she had a boyfriend and had periods.
Then he began to ask whether they could meet up, and repeatedly asked her for photos of herself.
‘Nicola’ finally agreed to meet Ali – who told her not to wear any underwear – at Salford Quays tram stop.
Ali, of Woodhalt Road, Cheetham Hill, ended up being confronted by members of Silent Justice, live on Facebook in November last year, before being arrested.
The court heard that after being arrested, Ali said he had a condom because he was going to visit a massage parlour, and that he couldn’t remember what was said in the WhatsApp conversation.
He later admitted one count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
Defending, Lindsay Orr said it was ‘highly likely’ that Ali would be deported after serving his sentence….
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