Grooming gang member convicted for trying to intimidate his victim
A Rotherham grooming gang member has been convicted of trying to intimidate a girl he had sexually assaulted to stop her giving evidence against him.
Waseem Khaliq, 35, used Facebook to claim she had been encouraged to make false allegations against him with the offer of houses, money, benefits and compensation.
Although his victim was shaken by the approach, she gave evidence at his trial and Khaliq was convicted in August of indecently assaulting her. She was 14-years-old at the time. He could not be identified until the outcome of the witness intimidation case.
Khaliq admitted three counts of witness intimidation when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today, with the second and third offences relating to threats he made to National Crime Agency officers who had been investigating him. He was sentenced to an extra 45 months' imprisonment.
The prosecution arose out of the Operation Stovewood investigation into child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2003.
Kate Hurst, of the CPS, said: "Engaging in acts of any kind which are intended to intimidate victims and witnesses in a criminal trial is an offence which strikes at the heart of the criminal justice system.
"The CPS will always treat any such activity with the utmost seriousness and in this case it has led to further charges and an additional sentence for Waseem Khaliq."
Notes to editors
- Kate Hurst is Unit Head for the CPS Organised Crime Division North
- Waseem Khaliq (DOB: 20/07/1984) was convicted of indecent assault and two offences of child abduction at his trial in August. He was imprisoned for a total of 10 years, with half to serve before he could be considered for release
- He admitted three offences of witness intimidation at Sheffield Crown Court today.