Edmonton man who abducted and sexually assaulted 10-year-old jailed

|News, Sexual offences

A man who lured a ten-year-old into his home by offering her chocolate biscuits and cake before sexually assaulting her has been jailed for 10 years.

Imran Saleem, 35, spotted his victim playing in the street before approaching her. He led the youngster to his home in Edmonton where he sexually assaulted her.

The alarm was raised when the child, who has a learning disability, went home and complained to her parents following the assault on 11 October 2018. The police were then called.

Today [Monday, 21 January], at Wood Green Crown Court, Saleem was jailed for 10 years and put on a further three-year extended licence period upon release. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. At an earlier court hearing he had pleaded guilty to abducting a child, sexual assault of a child under 13, sexual activity with a child and assault of a child under 13 by penetration.

Anja Hohmeyer, from the CPS, said: "This was an opportunistic attack on a vulnerable and innocent young girl.

"The prosecution case included DNA evidence and was so strong that Saleem had no choice but to plead guilty.

"The CPS takes crimes against young people extremely seriously and will prosecute offenders."

Notes to editors

  • Imran Saleem [DOB: 27.11.83] is from Edmonton in the borough of Enfield.
  • Anja Hohmeyer is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London North.

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