November 2018

Owner of controversial Glasgow shisha bar exposed as a paedophile

A child sex attacker can been revealed as the boss of a controversial shisha bar.

Bilal Qayyum opened the Quay Lounge, in Glasgow’s Tradeston, earlier this year.

Qayyum, 31, was convicted of sexually assaulting two schoolgirls in a shop. At Edinburgh Sheriff Court in December 2011, he pled guilty to the attacks.

The court was told he targeted victims aged between 13 and 15 at premises in the city’s Newhaven area between May and June 2011.

He was given a community payback order of two years and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for two years.

Details of Qayyum’s past emerged during a Glasgow City Council licensing hearing last month.

Police opposed his application for a 2am food permit for the Quay Lounge, in Paisley Road, through his food company Adam Ali Bilal.

Officers objected to the licence being granted on the basis that Qayyum was not a fit and proper person and the application was refused.

A source said: “Qayyum is always posting selfies of himself online. He fancies himself as a bodybuilder and likes posing for photos with his top off.

“Most people would keep a low profile after being convicted of these crimes, but not him. The sex attacks were a shock to people who know him.”

The Quay Lounge opened its doors in April. Councillor Stephen Dornan objected to its late licence following complaints from nearby residents.

Qayyum denied being linked to the Quay Lounge despite staff confirming to our reporter he was the owner.

He said he submitted a late licence application last year when the business traded under a different name. But Glasgow City Council said it was lodged by him a month after the Quay Lounge opened.

Qayyum said: “I don’t own that place anymore. I’m unemployed and on benefits and look after my disabled mother.

“I thought you were doing something to promote the place and I’m happy to comment on that.”

When asked about the sex offences conviction, he said: “It was nothing serious.

“It was f*** all.”