August 2019

‘Infatuated’ married man sexually abused girl, 13, on Baildon Moor

AN “INFATUATED” married man who sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in his Audi car on Baildon Moor has been jailed for six years.

Farooq Miah, 29, groomed and manipulated the child, buying her a gift, drinks and ice cream and isolating her from family and friends, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

When concerns about the contact were raised on a trafficking website, Miah told his victim to lie to the police, prosecutor Gerald Hendron said.

The child at first denied that Miah, of Grosvenor Road, Manningham, Bradford, had abused her and tried to conceal her phone from investigating officers.

She then disclosed that he had met her late at night in a fast food restaurant and taken her in his Audi on to Baildon Moor.

He bought ice cream and drinks and they smoked cigarettes. Miah began by touching her indecently and progressed to having oral sex with her, Mr Hendron said.

He took a video on the girl’s phone of her performing a sex act on him.

It was found by the police, along with the 996 calls and texts between Miah and the child.

Miah pleaded guilty to eight charges of sexual activity with a child and a single count of making an indecent image.

She told the police that Miah sulked if she refused to engage in sexual activity with him. The girl said in her victim impact statement that she believed at the time that Miah was in love with her.

Miah’s barrister, Taryn Turner, said he had pleaded guilty to all the offences and been held in custody since June 7.

She conceded: “This is a bad business and it is accepted that it must be marked with an immediately effective custodial sentence.”

Mrs Turner said that Miah was a married man whose wife was expecting their child.

“He had an infatuation for this young girl and that led to this appalling series of offences against her,” she said.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, said Miah seduced a 13-year-old girl.

He knew her age and solicited her affections with grooming and manipulation.

“The girl has been deeply affected by the abuse of a paedophile,” Judge Durham Hall said.

Miah must sign on the sex offender register indefinitely and the judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order until further order.