Leeds rapist confronted by victim almost 50 years after he is brought to justice
A rape victim confronted her abuser in court as he was brought to justice after almost half a century.
Paul Booth was locked up for nine years after pleading guilty to a series of sex offences against two girls in Leeds in the 1970s
Booth, 59, began the sexual abuse when he was as young as 11 and continued to prey on the victims into early adulthood.
One of the victims chose to read a statement to Leeds Crown Court describing the lifetime of suffering she had endured as a result of Booth’s offending.
The woman, now aged in her fifties, said: “I feel worthless and I often feel like what is the point in carrying on with my life as my past overtakes any thoughts for the future.”
She also described how the abuse would cause her to self-harm.
She said: “I did not want to carry on living and wanted the pain to stop.
“I resorted to drinking heavily as a way of coping. This helped numb the pain.”
The victim said she continues to suffer from depression, panic attacks, anxiety and sleepless nights but hoped for a brighter future now Booth has finally been brought to justice.
She said: “I only started living once I reported this to the police – it was such a relief that the police listened to me.”
The woman also told the court how she had struggled to find the strength to give evidence before a jury after Booth took the case to a trial.
She said: “I always hoped (Booth) would hold his hands up to what he has done rather than drag me through a lengthy court case.”
Booth, of Norton Way, Morley, Leeds, was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault and two counts of rape in relation to the victim.
He was also convicted of three counts of indecent assault, one count of indecency with a child and one count of attempted rape in relation to the second female.
The court heard the attempted rape took place in the 1980s.
Louise Blackwell, mitigating, said Booth was a child when the abuse began and is now a different person.
She said his second wife stands by him despite his offences and his daughter and step-daughter believe he is not a risk to children.
The barrister said: “He has lived the best life he could have and has been a man full of integrity and hard work and has been an example to others.”
Booth, who appeared in court via a video link from Leeds prison, cried during the hearing.
Judge Rodney Jameson, QC, said Booth had caused “serious psychological damage” to both of his victims.
He said: “The affect upon them has been profound and lifelong.”
Akhlaq Ahmed, 44, of Tamar Street, Bradford, jailed for serious sex offences
A rapist has been jailed for 18 years for 11 serious sexual offences.
Akhlaq Ahmed, 44, of Tamar Street in Bradford, faced the court charged with five sexual assaults, two assaults by penetration and four counts of rape.
Some of the offences date back to 2005.
The defendant was handed a sentence of 16 years for four rape offences plus an extra two years for a sexual assault.
He was given concurrent jail terms of two, three and 10 years for other sexual assaults and assault by penetration offences.
Ahmed is subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender for life.
X FACTOR star has admitted to sexually exploiting teenage boys as young as 14
An X Factor semi-finalist has admitted the sexual exploitation of seven teenage boys after he exchanged more than 10,000 messages with the youngsters.
Danny Tetley pleaded guilty to getting his victims, many as young as 14, to send him explicit images of themselves – some at the most serious Category A – for money.
The 39-year-old, who came sixth in last year’s X Factor, exchanged more than 10,000 WhatsApp messages with the seven boys between October, last year, and August, this year.
Series 15 of the X Factor ran from September 1 2018 to December 2 2018, with some of the offences having been committed in the October.
It is not yet know whether the youngsters had been fans of Tetley and had been speaking to him because of the show, or whether they had previously been in contact with him.
Many of his victims’ families sat in the public gallery at Bradford Crown Court to hear him admit his offences.
He appeared in custody dressed in a black spotty t-shirt and glasses.
At an earlier hearing, which could not be reported because there may have been a jury trial, the Benidorm entertainer, pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of two 14-year-old boys.
This morning he admitted five further charges of the sexual exploitation of five more youngsters by inducing them to provide him with indecent images of themselves for payment.
The court heard two of the victims supplied images of Category A.
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, a Category A image would show ‘images involving penetrative sexual activity, sexual activity with an animal or sadism’.
Category B images depict images involving non-penetrative sexual activity, while Category C images would be classed as indecent images which don’t fall in Category A or B.
Tetley, of Bradford, West Yorks, pleaded not guilty to making indecent images of children and perverting the course of justice – he will not stand trial for those offences.
Recorder of Bradford Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC will sentence Tetley on 24 January.
The singer showed no emotion as he was remanded back into custody.
Lorry driver tried to meet young girls for sex
A lorry driver who tried to meet young girls for sex has been jailed.
Kevin Pybus used online chat sites to groom and arrange sex with two girls, who he thought were 13 and 10 years of age, in his cab while in Middlesbrough.
But the 62-year-old, from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, was unaware he was communicating with an undercover police officer, Teesside Crown Court heard.
He had previously admitted a number of child sex offences and was sentenced to four years and eight months.
The court was told Pybus had said he was looking to have sex with girls as young as eight or nine, and needed to be careful as there were people looking to trap men like him.
His offences included attempting to incite a teenage girl into sexual activity, contacting a teenage girl to meet her for sexual activity, making indecent images of children, and distributing indecent images of children.
Paedophile jailed for abusing two young girls
A former Huddersfield man has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexual offences against children in Kirklees.
Kevin Spencer (51) from Bridlington, but formerly of Huddersfield, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday November 22 after being found guilty of sexual offences against two girls in the 1990s in the Holme Valley area.
The 51-year old was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault against one female victim and two counts against another when the girls were both aged under 10.
He will now be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and sign on the sexual offences register for life.
Man showed ‘vile’ video clip to neighbour of girl, 4, being raped
A 22-year-old refugee has avoided jail after admitting showing a neighbour a “vile” video clip of a four-year-old girl being raped.
Ali Jafari, who fled Iran, was living in a hostel at Cross Lane, Great Horton, when he was sent the three-minute clip depicting the clearly distressed young girl in March last year.
But instead of deleting it, he saved it in a password protected area on his phone and showed it to a neighbour, who reported him to police.
Prosecutor Catherine Duffy outlined how Jafari had told the neighbour: “Look, she’s four-years-old and she loves it.”
“The defendant walked off down the street laughing and making a masturbating gesture,” she told Bradford Crown Court.
He was arrested later the same day and told the police he had been sent the video on Facebook Messenger, and had initially shown it to the other man because he was shocked.
He told them he had used the privacy protection app, Gallery Vault, as he did not want anyone to see it on his phone.
In sentencing, Judge Jonathan Rose said it was “not clear which is the real you”, but added that whatever a person’s background, culture or difficulties, it would be obvious that the video was “appalling and disgusting”.
“It does not depend on your maturity. It does not matter from what country you came.”
He added: “It does not require, age, maturity or wisdom to realise how utterly wrong such a video is.”
“The making of videos such as this depends on them being of interest to people like you. Every video that includes the abuse of a child – every viewing of such a video continues the abuse of a child.
“You are the market for such filth to be created.”
He added that he accepted Jafari had not gone on the internet looking for child pornography, but that a “decent human being would have deleted it immediately”.
He could have reported to the police what his so-called friend had sent him, the judge added.
“But you did not. You put it on your phone where you would know where to find it. You did that because it aroused you sexually, although you refuse to accept that’s the case.”
He sentenced Jafari to a two years in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered that he be placed on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.
Jafari, who had no previous convictions in this country, must also completed 250 hours of work in the community and 40 rehabilitation activity days.
Paedophile confronted by group outside Asda after trying to meet ‘young girl’
A man was caught trying to meet a fictional young girl by a paedophile hunter group.
Jonathan Wilkinson, 35 was filmed by members of Confronted and Caught after arranging to meet the fictitious 13-year-old outside Asda in Dewsbury.
He now faces sentencing by a crown court judge after pleading guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
The charge is dated between January 5 and February 5 this year.
Teenage sex predator who stalked Leeds schoolgirls then kidnapped 12-year-old is given seven-year sentence
A teenager who grabbed a 12-year-old girl off the street as she walked to school has been given a seven-year sentence after a judge said the offence was sexually motivated.
Michael Sehannie stalked schoolgirls in the Hunslet area of Leeds before carrying out the attack.
The 19-year-old snatched the youngster as she walked to school along Old Run Road on April 23 this year.
Sehannie had spent hours loitering in the area, following three other schoolgirls before selecting his victim.
CCTV footage showed Sehannie following the girl along Moor Road and onto Old Run Road.
Jurors heard how he tried tried to carry the girl into bushes but let her go after being “spooked” by passing cars.
The attack took place out of view of cameras but Sehannie was filmed running away a short time later.
Witnesses to the abduction went to help the victim.
Sehannie, of St Luke’s Road, Beeston, was followed by two women who saw the attack and filmed him as he fled through a park.
Sehannie was found guilty of kidnap after a four-day trial in October.Leeds Crown Court heard today (November 18) how Sehannie continued to deny the offence during interviews with a psychiatrist, a psychologist and the probation service.
Judge Christopher Batty told the defendant he was satisfied that the offence was sexually motivated and that he represented a danger to girls.
The judge said: “You continue to deny the offence and you continue to say you cannot recall what you were doing, therefore giving no explanation of your involvement that morning.
“Your decision to abduct (the victim) was not a spur of the moment decision. It was not isolated.
“You finally got the courage to act upon the urges you had been experiencing for a significant period of time.
“It was in my view a sexual motive.
“I am of the view that you represent a significant risk of serious physical or psychological harm to young females.”
Sehannie must serve a custodial period of four years, followed by en extended licence period of three years.
After the case, Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “This was a really disturbing incident and Sehannie’s actions that morning clearly show him to be someone with a predatory nature towards young girls.
“He was captured on CCTV following other schoolgirls in the area before he targeted the 12-year-old victim in what was a truly terrifying experience for her.
“Fortunately, she was able to scream and struggle causing him to give up before passing members of the public came to her aid.
“We were very grateful to the woman witness who had the presence of mind to follow Sehannie and film him as he left the scene.
That footage together with CCTV from the area was crucial to the public appeal that led to him being identified and arrested.
“We hope the victim and her family can take some comfort from knowing he has now had to answer for his actions. We also hope the wider community will be reassured to see him brought to justice.”
During the trial prosecutor Nick Adlington said the girl left her home at 8.45am in her school uniform and noticed a man walking closely behind her.
She was attacked near to an underpass below the M621 motorway.
The prosecutor said: “There is a bus stop in this area.
“As she reached the bus stop, taking advantage of the darker conditions, the defendant came closer behind her.
“He grabbed (the girl) around the waist and picked her up so her feet were barely touching the floor.
“The defendant carried her across the road towards bushes on the other side of the road.
“Not surprisingly, you may think, (the girl) screamed, terrified at what was happening to her.
“The defendant dropped her and ran off into the bushes he had been taking her towards.
“This act amounted to kidnapping, albeit for a very short time.”
Sehannie’s partner contacted police after recognising pictures of him when they were posted on social media in a bid to trace the suspected abductor.
The defendant told officers he had been in the area around the time of the incident but denied committing an offence.
Sehannie said he went to Pure Gym in Hunslet before going to Morrisons supermarket and then going home.
Doctor caught in police sting
A family doctor faces being struck off after he was caught in a police sting trying to groom a 13-year-old girl online.
Dr Hafeez Awan, 44, swapped a string of inappropriate messages — unaware the girl was an undercover detective.
During several hours of conversations over 16 days, Awan adopted the chatroom username Medic333 and asked: “R u single? R u at school?”
He also asked for her number because he wanted to hear her voice.
But the Pakistan-born GP, who worked in Leeds, continued the conversation even when he was told she was 13.
He denied wrongdoing, but was found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel.
Since the investigation, Awan has emigrated to Canada and has opened a medical practice.
Pervert jailed for abusing schoolgirl
A long-distance lorry driver who sexually abused a 15-year-old girl in the cab of his truck before later raping her has been jailed for 12 years.
Alan Simpson, who was living in Chelmsley Wood at the time of the offences, was also ordered by a judge at Warwick Crown Court to register as a sex offender for life.
Simpson of Fosse Walk, Castleford, Yorkshire, had pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a child and one of raping her.
Prosecutor Sophie Murray said he had groomed the 15-year-old girl, sent images of his genitals and getting her to send him naked pictures of herself.
In the cab of his lorry the 48-year-old showed the girl pornography featuring older men with young women before getting her to touch him and to perform oral sex.
Similar encounters happened on a number of occasions before an incident when he raped her when she was 16.
Miss Murray said: “She was a virgin. She said she didn’t want it to happen. He pinned her down and told her she would like it. She said it was hurting. She began crying, and he stopped.”
After the girl later told her mother what had happened, the police were contacted.
When Simpson was arrested he at first made no comment, but later claimed the girl had made the running by asking him to show her how to perform oral sex.
And he accused her of then threatening to tell people he was a paedophile if he did not pay her.
But Miss Murray pointed out that when officers checked the girl’s phone it still had the messages on it that Simpson had sent asking her for oral sex.
Blondel Thompson, defending, said: “The pre-sentence report does not make good reading, but he doesn’t seek to resile from his pleas.
“He is remorseful. He was the adult and should have known better, but that isn’t really reflected in the report which seems to be blaming the complainant for all of the offences.”
Miss Thompson said that despite that Simpson, who has been in the Army Reserves for 18 years, assisting with recruiting for the past eight years, ‘is ashamed of his behaviour.’
Jailing Simpson, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “You started a sexual predatory relationship.
“You showed her pornography, and this quickly progressed to getting her to masturbate you and to perform oral sex on you.
“Then you raped her. You pinned her down. She repeatedly refused and was crying. Nevertheless, you continued to force yourself on her.
“Her first experience of having sexual intercourse was being raped by you.
“This sort of behaviour ruins people’s lives, and it has effects on them for years and decades after.”
Paedophile sentenced to 24 years
A paedophile has been jailed for 24 years for a “campaign of rape” that made a young girl suicidal.
At one stage, she took an overdose to try and end her suffering at the hands of Carl John Seed, 34, a social services statement said.
York Crown Court heard the Ryedale girl eventually managed to tell a teacher and Seed was arrested.
Judge Simon Hickey said Seed had looked for a child to abuse after getting a sexual video of children on his computer.
He had isolated and groomed the girl as he subjected her to years of abuse including making her watch adult pornography.
York Crown Court heard she told a social worker: “He said he loved me. Why, if he loved me, why did he do this to me?”
She had to undergo the ordeal of giving evidence because Seed, of Aston Terrace, Bramley, denied 13 charges of sexual offences against her.
A York jury convicted him of eight rapes, one attempted rape and four sexual assaults.
The judge told Seed he had carried out a “campaign of rape” against the girl.
Seed showed no reaction as he was jailed for 24 years plus four years extended prison licence.
He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and put on the sex offenders’ register, both for life, and barred from ever working with children or vulnerable people.
He will have to serve 16 years before being considered for release.
Batley Man Jailed for 14 Years For Multiple Counts of Rape
A Batley man has been jailed for 14 years for multiple counts of rape and false imprisonment.
Anthony Pinnock, aged 42, from Batley was found guilty following a trial and was today (11 October) sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.
He was found guilty of seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment.
The offences occurred between 2017 and 2019 and against one woman.
He was sentenced to 14 years in prison and has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Sports instructor sexually assaulted teenage girl
A sports instructor who sexually assaulted a teenage girl during a training session had “come within a whisker” of going to jail, a judge at Bradford Crown Court told him.
Adam Wisniewski, 36, touched the girl indecently four times on the same evening, leaving her tearful and upset, prosecutor Ian Howard said.
Wisniewski, formerly of Thornton Road, Thornton, Bradford, but now living out of the area, was convicted of a single “multiple incident” count of sexual assault after a trial.
He was remanded in custody by Recorder Taryn Turner to be sentenced yesterday.
Wisniewski’s barrister, Rebecca Young, said he was of previous good character and struggling to accept what he had done.
He had lost his job as a quality controller and was sofa surfing at the time of the trial.
“He has already been punished a great deal,” Miss Young said.
Recorder Turner sentenced Wisniewski to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with 240 hours of unpaid work.
He must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement and sign on the sex offender register for ten years. A Sexual Harm Prevention Order was made, also for ten years.
“You’ve got within a whisker of a nine-month prison sentence today,” Recorder Turner said.
Court hears of 12-year-old grooming gang victim’s terror as five more ‘vile and wicked’ abusers jailed
Five men who sexually exploited young girls in Huddersfield have been given jail sentences of up to 14 years by a judge who said their abuse was “vile and wicked” and “defies understanding”.
A total of 27 men have now been convicted following West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Tendersea investigation into child sexual exploitation in the town, with prison sentences totaling more than 300 years.
Today Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told the five men convicted last week: “The way these girls were treated defies understanding.
“This abuse was vile and wicked. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did.”
Jailing one 32-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, for 14 years, Judge Marson said: “You took the virginity of a particularly vulnerable 12-year-old and left her bleeding on the floor in the park.”
He said this defendant also subjected another teenage girl to a “campaign of rape”, abusing her on a regular basis in a Huddersfield park, using sleeping pills to subdue her.
The five men were convicted after the end of the fifth trial relating to Operation Tendersea.
They were jailed for a total of 45 years, bringing the combined jail sentences after the five trials to 312 years.
Judge Marson told Leeds Crown Court that Operation Tendersea involved “a large number of men, principally Asian men”, who have been charged in relation to “the grooming and sexual abuse of a large number of children”.
The judge described how vulnerable girls were plied with drugs and alcohol and passed between men in Huddersfield.
He said they thought they were being shown genuine affection but this was an illusion “deliberately created to enable predatory men to perpetrate gross sexual abuse for their own perverted gratification”.
Judge Marson described how one terrified 12-year-old was targeted by the men who used her phone to locate her despite attempts to move her.
He said: “One night the house phone rang and a man asked for the girl and said ‘tell her I want to f*** her’.
“After three days the girl was moved to another foster carer in another city and again she was quickly located.
“There were repeated calls from Asian men saying ‘can you tell her we want to f*** her’.
“The girl was absolutely terrified and said that if the carer gave the sim card to the police ‘they will find me and kill me’.”
Umar Zaman, 31, and Samuel Fikru, 32, of William Street, Huddersfield, were each jailed for eight years on Friday after they were convicted of two counts of rape.
The court heard that Zaman has absconded and is believed to be in Pakistan.
A 32-year-old man convicted of five counts of rape was jailed for 14 years. Another 32-year-old found guilty of a single count of rape was jailed for eight years, and a 38-year-old man found guilty of attempted rape was jailed for seven years.
Their names cannot be reported for legal reasons.
A sixth defendant, Banaris Hussain, 36, also of William Street, was convicted of one count of rape, and will be sentenced on Monday.
Flasher threatened to rape teen before stalking her for months in Leeds
A pervert stalked a teenager for months in Leeds after exposing himself to her and threatening to rape her.
Alireza Nourozi-Varnkesh left the 18-year-old college student frightened to leave her home because she feared she would see him.
The 37-year-old made obscene sexual gestures towards the young woman as she passed his car or van on multiple occasions in 2018.
Leeds Crown Court heard the victim tried to ignore him but on June 29, 2018 he got out of the vehicle.
He stood in front of her and exposed himself while making sexual comments.
When she threatened to call police he backed off but said he was going to rape her.
On August 26, 2018, the victim was walking with her mother when Nourozi-Varnkesh made obscene sexual gestures at her again.
He was arrested after being reported to the police.
Nourozi-Varnkesh, of Sandlewood Close, Holbeck, Leeds, pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and stalking.
He has a previous conviction for indecent exposure.
Jailing Nourozi-Varnkesh for 20 months, Judge Mushtaq Khokar told him: “She couldn’t even step out of her house without thinking of you being there.”
Nourozi-Varnkesh was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order.