July 2014

Six year sentence for Newport man who groomed and targeted schoolgirl


A “manipulative, scheming man,” convicted of six counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Following trial, Abdul Islam, of Alma Street, Newport, was convicted of six counts of sexual activity with a child under 16, between November 2010 and April 2011.

The 32-year-old taxi driver appeared before Newport Crown court via video link from Parc prison.

Judge Daniel Williams said: “I am satisfied that you have a deep sexual interest in young girls.”

The court had heard how Islam befriended young girls through his work in a takeaway and then as a taxi driver. Islam was said to have “besieged” the victim with text messages, phone calls, gifts and a mobile phone. He lied to her about his age and his home life.

Despite Islam portraying himself as a “family man”, Judge Williams said the jury “saw through” him, adding: “[They] saw you as the manipulative, scheming man that you are.”

He said: “You only have contempt for her and contempt for women in general. This was abuse over a long time. It involved planning and grooming of a girl you targeted because of her vulnerability.”

Islam was sentenced to six years for each count, to be served concurrently and was told he would serve at least half of his sentence in custody. He was also served a sexual prevention order.

Defending, Matthew Roberts, said there was no evidence of “intimidating or bullying behaviour” and that his client “did care for her”, adding: “He is now paying the price he deserves to pay.”

Officer in the Case DC Emma Coopey said: “This man preyed on a vulnerable young child, grooming her then using her for sex. He was fully aware of her age, yet still pursued her for his own selfish needs.

“He is a controlling individual who gave no thought the consequences his actions would have on such a young victim.

“The victim however has shown great strength and bravery in giving evidence, and our hope is the verdict will help her recovery and allow her to get on with her life.

“Those involved in this kind of exploitation can expect a visit from the police sooner rather than later and I would urge anyone with any information about sexual exploitation to contact the police or a trusted person.”