April 2022

Rotherham monster raped teenage girl after grooming her as she still suffers ‘flashbacks of the torture’

A sick predator who targeted a teenage girl and subjected her to horrific sexual abuse has been handed a 23-year sentence.

Adnan Afzal, 35, raped and assaulted the girl, who says she suffers “flashbacks of the torture” she was subjected to between February 2018 and January 2019.

Despite being convicted by a jury last month of three counts of sexual assault, attempted rape and assaulting a female over the age of 13 by penetration Afzal, maintains that he is the victim of false allegations.

Afzal was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, attempted rape, rape and assaulting a female over the age of 13 by penetration.

Leeds Crown Court heard on Friday that during one incident, the girl shouted, alerting others. During another, Afzal sexually assaulted her after pretending to give her a massage.

Following his conviction, Afzal, of Guiltwaite Crescent in Whiston, was interviewed by a probation worker for a pre-sentence report.

The court heard that in that interview he denied any wrongdoing and sought to blame his victim, the police and his own defence barrister.

The court heard the victim was subjected to “merciless” abuse by Afzal, who was in a position of trust when he groomed her.

Judge Tom Bayliss told Afzal his abused “was repeated” and “committed on different occasions over a period of nearly a year.”

In her victim impact statement that was read out to the jury during the trial, the girl said Afzal’s abuse had “changed” her.

She said: “This has changed me completely and stopped me from trusting anyone. I don’t even feel secure in my own home. I just feel isolated and like a burden to everyone. I didn’t ask for this to happen to me. I was a child. I didn’t need to be strong, I needed to be safe. Childhood trauma eats you up from the inside.

“It’s a burden that remains, you hold within you every day. Some days go good and then other days the flashbacks of the torture I went through keep coming repeatedly. I’m trying to heal but it’s difficult. It happened again and again and you [Afzal] don’t care that you ruined my life.”

Judge Bayliss made Afzal the subject of a notification requirements indefinitely and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order prohibiting him from contacting his victim directly or indirectly, being in the same house as a child under the age of 18 and being in contact with a child under the age of 18 unless it is unavoidable or their parent or guardian has agreed to it and has been notified of his convictions.

The judge slapped Afzal with an extended sentence of 23 years, made up of a custodial sentence of 17 years and an extended licence period of six years. Afzal will have to serve two-thirds of the sentence in custody before going before the Parole Board who will decide whether he is safe to be released. Once released, he will be subject to licence conditions.

Judge Bayliss said: “A long custodial sentence is inevitable. Predatory sexual behaviour such as this inevitably calls for a lengthy custodial sentence. You used your position of authority. She was, in my judgement, particularly vulnerable. You knew that and you preyed on that vulnerability.

“These were repeated offences and must have involved a significant degree of planning.”

The judge described Afzal as a “high risk of causing serious harm to others” and said despite his lack of previous convictions, he determined he presented a risk to children.