'Predatory bully' jailed for sex with girl, 14


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A "predatory bully" who groomed a girl from the age of 12 or 13 and later had sex with her has been jailed for four years and three months.

Mohammed Imran Amjad, 26, arrogantly shrugged his shoulders when the girl's mother said her daughter was underage and told him to stay away.

He continued to drive her around the streets of East Lancashire in his silver BMW before he went on to have sex with her when she was 14 years old.

Amjad groomed the youngster after he was given her mobile phone number, said prosecutors.

When confronted by the girl's mother, the defendant replied: "Who the f*** are you?"

He was said to have "simply shrugged his shoulders and walked away" when he was accused of being involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship with the girl.

The mother contacted the police but the girl refused to make a complaint at the time and the relationship continued.

Amjad, of Halifax Road, Brierfield, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a child and three counts of child abduction between April 2009 and October 2010.

He entered the pleas just before the girl was due to be cross-examined during his trial at Manchester Crown Court last month.

The jury was told that the girl's evidence had changed significantly from earlier statements to police in which she claimed she did not consent to sex with Amjad.

She had previously claimed she was taken to a house in Sackville Street, Brierfield, where a number of Asian men gathered to drink, take drugs and abuse young girls.

Jurors were ordered to return not guilty verdicts on various other allegations against Amjad and five other defendants, including rape, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and witness intimidation.

Following sentencing today at Burnley Crown Court, Chris Long, deputy chief crown prosecutor at CPS North West, said: "Mohammed Imran Amjad was a predatory bully who befriended the victim when she was just 12 or 13 years old. He took advantage of her young age and vulnerability by abducting and sexually assaulting her over a period of time.

"He was well aware that the victim was underage yet he continued to corrupt and abuse her for his own gratification, wielding his power over her and coercing her into submission.

"The CPS has been determined to bring Mohammed Imran Amjad to justice...and he has now been imprisoned for his truly appalling crimes."