Man jailed for child sexual offences - Maidenhead

21/05/2015

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Thursday, 21 May 2015, and was jailed for eight years for serious sexual offences in Maidenhead.

Mohammed Abdul Kadir, aged 33, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to a total of eight years' imprisonment after pleading guilty on 13 March to 10 counts of sexual touching of a child under 13 and one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The offences relate to two victims and occurred between May 2012 and May 2014 in Maidenhead.

Kadir was wanted in connection with the allegations and before he could be arrested he fled to France. He was subsequently arrested under a European Arrest Warrant in Paris on 30 October 2014, and extradited to the United Kingdom to face the charges.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the sexual abuse of two young girls in Maidenhead between May 2012 and May 2014, by a private religious tutor, who is now 33-years-old. The young age of the victims at the time (under 13) greatly increases the seriousness of the offences.

"Mohammed Kadir abused his position of trust and took advantage of his circumstances to prey on the young girls for his own sexual gratification. Not only did he tell the girls not to tell anyone, but he relied on their cultural background and the impact on them and their family if the sexual offences were reported. It is only due to the courage of the victims and their family that the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.

"When confronted by the victims' family, Kadir fled to France. The police investigation continued and forensic evidence linking him to the crimes was discovered. Kadir was later traced in France and through joint police/CPS working a European Arrest Warrant was obtained. On 30 October 2014, within two weeks of the investigation being completed, Kadir was arrested and detained in France. His extradition was ordered and on the 01 December 2014, he returned to the UK in custody to face the charges.

"Kadir denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct, but on 13 March 2015, at Reading Crown Court, he offered pleas to 11 out of 15 counts, accepting numerous forms of sexual assault of these girls over a prolonged period of time. He also admitted engaging in sexual activity himself whilst in their presence. After consultation with the victims' family, the pleas were accepted on 19 March 2015, and the remaining counts left to lie on file.

"The conviction and today's sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward so that the attackers can be brought to justice and others can be saved from the horrific ordeal of abuse. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact on the victims and their family of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and today's sentence gives some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Ivestigating officer, Detective Inspector Andy Howard of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit based at Windsor Police Station, said: "Kadir committed appalling offences against two young girls and I am delighted with the sentence imposed upon him.

"I believe that Kadir is a real and very serious risk to children and it is entirely justified that he is now facing a significant prison sentence, at the end of which he will be deported to Bangladesh.

"I would like to thank the victims and their families for their bravery, dignity and patience throughout this complex investigation, particularly during the period between Kadir being sought and then being arrested. It is down to the victims' bravery that Kadir is now facing the consequences of his actions and I hope that the victims and their families can now move forward with their lives, knowing that justice has been done.

"Kadir took significant steps to avoid arrest by fleeing to France. However, the investigation team refused to rest until he was located and apprehended. I commend the dedication and professionalism of the officers involved in this investigation, they never wavered from their efforts to locate Kadir and bring him to justice.

"Kadir was arrested in France at the end of October 2014 and extradited to the UK on 1 December last year. Whilst this was a Thames Valley Police investigation a number of partner agencies provided invaluable assistance and support and I would particularly like to thank the Fugitives Desk at Interpol and colleagues from the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

"I would also like to give special thanks to our colleagues from the French Police and relevant authorities for their prompt and effective response when Kadir was located in Paris which enabled his arrest and swift extradition."