October 2018

Man jailed after befriending two young girls on social media

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A man who befriended two young girls on social media has been jailed for more than two years after pleading guilty to child abduction offences.

Charnjit Singh, 28, of Wavertree Drive, Leicester, was sentenced today (Wednesday 3 October) at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty at a hearing last month to two counts of abduction.

In May this year Singh encouraged the two victims, aged 11 and 13, to meet him through the social media app, Instagram.

During one evening at the end of May Singh took the victims to various locations in his car and kept the girls out all night. The victims’ parents contacted the police and reported them missing.

Singh was sentenced to 27 months for each count of child abduction, with the sentences to run concurrently. As well as the custodial sentence, Singh was issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will be valid for 10 years.

He was disqualified from driving for 27 months, which will come into effect from today. The judge also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of Singh’s mobile telephone.

In addition Singh was also sentenced for two counts of breaching a restraining order in relation to a separate unrelated incident and he was jailed for three months for each count. Sentences are to run concurrently. A restraining order for an unlimited period was also issued to Singh.

The sentences for the child abduction offences and breach of restraining order will run consecutively.