Friday, March 26, 2021

Former Stechford teacher who abused girl, 14, and called her his wife is jailed

 A former Birmingham teacher who showered a teenage girl with gifts including a phone and jewellery, before sexually abusing her, has been jailed.

Mazhar Hussain referred to his 14-year-old victim as his 'wife' - and she believed she had entered into a marriage with him following an over-the-phone ceremony.

After Hussain 'gifted' the girl a phone, more than 2,200 text messages were exchanged between the two, many of them of an explicit nature - in little over a month

The messages proved Hussain, 38, had met with the youngster and sexual activity had taken place.

On a number of occasions Hussain and the girl referred to each other as husband and wife.

Mazhar Hussain

The 2018 abuse came to light after the girl bravely made contact with police after speaking with a family friend about Hussain’s grooming.

He was arrested later the same day.

Hussain, of Old Farm Road, Stechford, admitted four counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16, at an earlier hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was yesterday, Monday, March 22, sentenced to three years and three months in jail.

Hussain was also put on the sex offenders register and given a sexual harm prevention order for life.

Det Con Dave Cooper, from West Midlands Police's Public Protection Unit, said: "We must commend this girl for having the courage to tell us about what was happening to her.

Support for victims of sexual offences - where to get help

The Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK.

Their services work with victims and survivors of all ages, all genders, of all forms of sexual violence, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, including support for partners and family members.

If you have been a victim of a sexual offence, you can call the free helpline on 08088 010 818.

Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP)

The Rape and Sexual Violence Project - covering Birmingham and Solihull - offers a wide range of services to both survivors and the people supporting you, including compassionate support for male survivors and children and young people.

You can contact the RSVP for free support via their helpline 0121 643 4136 or

West Midlands Police

If you wish to report a sexual offence, no matter when it took place, you can find out more information here.

If you are in immediate danger, always call 999.

"We were able to support her with specially trained officers as the case progressed and her evidence proved crucial in ensuring Hussain has now been jailed.

"We also hope that this sentencing will encourage other youngsters who may be being groomed to be brave enough to come forward and let us help and support them too."

If you think a child is being sexually abused, visit for advice and support

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