August 2008

‘Immature’ man is jailed for sexual act on 14-year-old girl

A TAKEAWAY worker has been jailed for sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl after they kissed under a bridge in Derby River Gardens.

Derby Crown Court heard Mohammed Ramzan was “an immature man of 20” at the time of the offence and thought the girl was 16, although he had no proof about her age.

Clive Stockwell, prosecuting, said the pair exchanged text messages and met in the River Gardens after the girl finished school for the day.

They went under the bridge, kissed and “got off with one another” as the girl later described it.

Ramzan touched intimate parts of her body and the pair “left on good terms”, said Mr Stockwell.

When social services heard of the incident, they contacted police, who interviewed Ramzan. He denied the incident and also said he did not know the girl, added Mr Stockwell.

Ramzan, now 21, of Silverhill Road, Derby, later pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a girl under 16.

The court heard he had never been in trouble before.

Daniel Prowse, for Ramzan, said: “This is not a naive, young 14-and-a-half-year-old girl but a naive 20-year-old who committed a very stupid offence.”

He said the girl consented to physical contact “which went too far”.

Another man had introduced the girl to Ramzan “who was in some way pursued” by her.

The court heard he had already spent 40 days in Nottingham Prison where he had been the youngest inmate.

Mr Prowse said: “He is terrified about an immediate custodial sentence and is desperate to avoid it. He throws himself at the mercy of the court.”

The court was told his wife had left Pakistan to live with him in Britain. He also lost his takeaway job after the girl’s brother phoned the shop.

Mr Prowse said Ramzan had suffered embarrassment because of the incident and “is unlikely to offend again”.

Mr Prowse suggested Ramzan be sent on a course to tackle his offending and added: “He has paid a heavy price for this sexual act with a 14-year-old.”

Judge John Wait jailed him for 15 months and put him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years. He was also banned from working with children and must not contact two girls named in court.

The judge said courts initially looked at prison terms of four years for similar offences.

He said: “I accept entirely this was a consenting girl and not one who was completely naive. You were much older and have to accept the consequences of breaking the law.”

The jail term also included one month for breaching the terms of his bail conditions.