Third man sentenced in sex offences operation

23/05/2012

A third man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to paying for sexual services involving a child, as part of a major operation targeting predatory behaviour in the Gwent area.

Aamar Hussain was handed a twelve month prison sentence at Newport Crown Court, having earlier pleaded guilty to paying for the sexual services of a child, under Section 47 of the Sexual Offences Act.

Hussain's sentencing follows that of Basharat Javaid and Rigobert Mudingay in January, who had been charged with similar offences as part of the same Gwent Police operation. Both men also pleaded guilty to the offences.

Speaking after Hussain's sentence was announced Suzanne Thomas, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service's Wales Complex Case Unit, said:

"Whilst the circumstances of Aamar Hussain's case differ from those of Basharat Javaid and Rigobert Mudingay, he was nevertheless guilty of an immoral offence and it is right that he has been made to face the courts.

"Today's sentencing is another positive outcome from Gwent Police's extremely thorough and professional operation targeting those who seek to exploit and abuse vulnerable young people. We worked closely alongside the police to build an overwhelming prosecution case against Hussain, which led to him pleading guilty to the offence. In this way, we were at least able to avoid the need for Hussain's victim, who has already endured a traumatic ordeal, to face the added stresses of a Crown Court trial.

"Sexual offences against young people strike at the very heart of society's sense of morality. Those who commit such offences should be in no doubt that, as prosecuting authorities, we will pursue them vigorously to ensure they are brought to justice."

Details of Section 47 of the Sexual Offences Act can be found at:  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/42/section/47