Derby shopkeeper jailed for child sex abuse
A Derby shopkeeper has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for grooming and sexually abusing young girls in his neighbourhood.
Dilan Amin worked in a shop owned by his brother and used the shop to meet and groom girls who came in. He lived in a flat close to the shop and enticed his victims into the flat. He used his victims’ vulnerability to ply them with drink and drugs where he could and to convince them they were in adult relationships with him.
On one occasion he took his victim to a hotel room and convinced her to have sex with him while she was intoxicated. The day after this incident, this victim’s school acted on signs that her welfare was at risk and contacted the police. An investigation led to Amin’s arrest and he was prosecuted for 14 child sex offences against seven victims.
At the trial in September 2017, Amin was found guilty of three counts and not guilty of a further five. The jury could not reach a verdict on the remaining counts. The CPS initiated a retrial on these offences, but Amin subsequently offered guilty pleas to five offences relating to the remaining complainants - one count of sexual assault from the original trial and two further counts each of sexual assault and sexual activity with a child, which the CPS accepted. Amin was sentenced for offences committed against five complainants.
Rebecca Edwards from the CPS said: “Dilan Amin preyed on young girls who visited his shop, exploiting their vulnerability for his own ends and manipulating them to do what he wanted. In bringing Amin to justice, the CPS has worked with these young complainants to support them in giving their best evidence, including securing special measures at court.
“When the jury in his first trial did not return a verdict, the CPS had to decide whether to pursue a retrial on these counts. This decision included a careful balance of the needs of each complainant and consideration of the risk he posed to other children and vulnerable young people.
“After discussing Amin’s proposed pleas with the complainants, the CPS decided this reflected Amin’s sustained campaign of offending, provided the judge with sufficient sentencing powers and avoided the vulnerable complainants having to give evidence a second time. Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of his offending and the impact he had on his victims.”
Notes to editors
- Rebecca Edwards is a Senior Crown Prosecutor from the CPS East Midlands rape and serious sexual offences team
- Dilan Amin was sentenced as follows:
- Sexual activity with a child: eight years with four years' extended licence
- Sexual assault: two years (concurrent)
- Sexual Assault: four years (concurrent)
- Inciting child prostitution: three years (concurrent)
- Paying for sexual services from a child: four years (concurrent)
- Sexual activity with a child: four years (concurrent)
- Sexual assault: 18 months (concurrent)
- Robbery: four years (consecutive)