January 2023

Underage girl raped in car by supermarket security guard

A supermarket security guard has been jailed for 13 years for raping an underage girl in his car and then forcing her to write a letter asking the police to drop the case.

Sajid Janjua, 37, was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court earlier this month of raping the girl on a single occasion, sexual activity with the child, witness intimidation and perverting the course of justice.

Janjua, whose address was given as HMP Leeds, forced her to have sex with him in the back of his car in a layby on the edge of Bradford.

The two had first met by chance at the supermarket in Bradford where he was working when she was there with her mother.

In her victim impact statement read out in court today, the girl said she now suffered sleeplessness, flashbacks and anxiety. She had panic attacks when she saw a similar car to Janjua’s.

Judge Jonathan Gibson said Janjua isolated the girl in a car in an out-of-the way place. She tried to ignore his advances but he forced himself upon her when she was a virgin.

He then persuaded her to have sex with him when he knew full well that she was underage.

Janjua had been arrested and was on bail when he followed the girl and her mother in their car. He shouted through the open window of his vehicle: “End all this now. I could be jailed for ten to 15 years for this.”

Janjua also dictated a letter to the girl saying she had never been raped and that he had believed her to be 16 or 17. It was intended to be sent to the police but it was never received.

Judge Gibson said the offending had a significant impact on the girl who was particularly vulnerable and had been groomed by Janjua who gave her presents.

There was a degree of planning by taking her to an isolated spot to abuse her and a significant disparity in age.

He had then made her write the letter at a stressful and confusing time for her.

Janjua was jailed for 12 years for the sexual offences and 12 months to run consecutively for perverting the course of justice, making 13 years in all.

He will serve two thirds of the sentence and then be released on licence.

Judge Gibson made a restraining order banning him from having any contact with the girl and her family.

He made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Janjua must sign on the sex offender register, both without limit of time.