June 2019

Man who illegally overstayed his visa arranged sex with child because girlfriend had left UK

An illegal overstayer claimed he arranged sex with a child because he was lonely after his girlfriend left the UK.

Umer Ayub, 38, of Valley Road, Anfield, thought he was grooming a 14-year-old girl who he had befriended online.

But the Pakistani national – whose partner returned home when his visa expired – was actually talking to paedophile hunters.

Christopher Taylor, prosecuting, said: “The defendant described being lonely in May of this year, when his Romanian partner had returned to Romania.

“And in that loneliness he responded to messages that had been posted on the Skout social media system.

“Those messages had in fact been posted by a group called Predator Closure, a paedophile hunter group.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard Ayub exchanged messages with the ‘girl’ between 6.20pm and 9.40pm on May 8 this year.

Mr Taylor said the decoy told him her age multiple times, but the conversation turned towards meeting up for sex.

Ayub asked “do you want sex?” and when the girl hesitated, he replied: “It’s normal, when a boy and girl meet they do sex.”

He told she was “special” and reassured her: “In your life you will do sex with lots of guys.”

Mr Taylor said: “When this defendant set off to meet who he thought the young lady would be, he had one thing on his mind.”

Ayub travelled to Fountains Road in Kirkdale, but the group called police and officers arrested him at around 10.30pm.

He claimed he thought she was an 18-year-old pretending to be 14 and explained he had been in England since 2011.

Ayub said he was an overstayer, who initially came to the UK on a student visa, and worked in Liverpool as a pizza delivery driver.

He said his girlfriend had left the country a week beforehand and he was depressed and upset, so went on Skout “to meet a friend”.

Ayub said he thought the girl looked 18 in pictures, but later pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming.

Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said there was not a real child who suffered harm, but Ayub thought he was meeting one.

Jailing him for 12 months, he said: “Very quickly you were suggesting that she have penetrative sex with you and saying that you liked young girls.”

Judge Driver ordered Ayub to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.