Despite a plea by her lawyer that she should not be jailed for sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl, Raheelah Dar, 43, above, was handed a seven-year jail sentence when she was convicted in Teeside Crown Court yesterday.
According to this report, Dar’s barrister, Alison Pryor, said her client should receive a community sentence rather than face a term in prison.
My client is a practicing Muslim; the shame that this has brought and will bring on her family cannot be underestimated. It is something that would not be found in a more ordinary case of this type.
Pryor also cited the mental health issues outlined in Ms Dar’s psychiatric report, and her diagnosis of bi-polar disorder, as further reason for a community sentence.
Dar was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child, which she denied.
She was accused of isolating, manipulating and molesting the girl over a four-year period. The victim, who is now an adult, cannot be named for legal reasons.
The victim described how she feels intimidated and “unable to engage in social situations” due to the abuse, and could not stand to be touched by other people to this day. She also explained she had suffered health problems by feeling unable to see a doctor, struggled with her family, with self-harming and with her weight.
Recorder Tim Roberts QC said he would be failing in his duties if he did not pass a jail sentence. He told Ms Dar:
You were 26. She was only nine. You were sexually experienced and had been married. She was an innocent. You were crafty.
All cases of sexual abuse will be investigated thoroughly and professionally by specially trained officers. Victims should not suffer in silence and hopefully this example will assist in encouraging victims of sexual abuse to report it to police. Today’s sentence will stand as an example that those responsible for sexual abuse will be brought to justice.
In another court case involving a Muslim, a High Court judge today ruled that Amina Al-Jeffery, 21, above, who is being held in captivity by her father in Saudi Arabia, must be returned to Wales, where she was born and brought up. She has dual UK and Saudi nationality.
Mr Justice Holman found that said she had been “deprived of her liberty.”
Delivering the court order, Mr Justice Holman said Mr Al-Jeffery:
Must permit and facilitate the return of Amina if she so wishes to Wales or England and pay the airfare.
He set a September 11, 2016, deadline,.
However, he accepted there was:
Lttle or nothing this court could do to enforce the order if Mr Al-Jeffery was determined not to comply with it.
But he said Mr Al-Jeffery might face contempt of court proceedings if he returned to Britain without having complied.
Mr Justice Holman added:
There are no conventions between Britain and Saudi Arabia. The courts in Saudi Arabia would not even recognise the basis of the claim, because it does not recognise dual nationality.
Hat tip: Paul Williams (Dar report) and BarrieJohn.