A man from Bradford who abducted a 14-year-old girl before taking her to a remote location and having sex with her has been jailed for eight years after pleaded guilty to abducting a child and two offences of sexual activity with a child at Leeds Crown Court.
Javed Iqbal, 48, was described as an ‘extremely manipulative’ predatory paedophile after grooming the victim by buying alcohol for her and her friends after meeting her in August 2015.
Police had stopped Iqbal in his car earlier this year while he was with the underage girl, he was arrested and told by police that the girl he was with was only 14-years-old.
He was released on police bail with a condition not to have unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 but he again arranged to meet the victim on May 24 and drove her to a farm.
The girl was reported missing by her mother later that day and police followed up information that Iqbal might have taken the victim to a farmhouse in Humberside.
When police arrived they found the victim and Iqbal in a caravan near the farmhouse where they arrested him.
The victim told police they she had sex with Iqbal despite his attempts to deny that any sexual contact took place.
A report by a probation officer stated Iqbal blamed the victim for the offences he carried out and was labeled as “extremely manipulative”
Handing down an eight year sentence to Iqbal, Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “You are an adult and the legislation is designed to protect children from predatory paedophiles like you.
“It must be made clear to you and anyone else who thinks that it is legitimate to have sexual relations with a child, that the courts will pass sentences which reflect the need to deter that sort of behaviour.”
“You are a manipulative man – a man who blames the child. You pose a high risk of causing harm to children.”
Detective Inspector David Roberts, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “Iqbal set out to groom and sexually exploit a vulnerable young girl knowing that she was only fourteen years old.
“He clearly represents a danger to children and we hope his conviction for these offences will provide some reassurance to the victim, her family and to the wider community.