Mohammed Khubaib was today given a 13-year jail sentence by the Old Bailey for child sex abuse.
The 43-year-old restaurant owner from Peterborough was convicted of several sexual offences, following trial at the Old Bailey in April 2013.
Khubaib was found guilty of forcing a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him after plying her with vodka, as well as nine counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, involving girls as young as 12.
Mohammed Khubaib is the 10th person to be convicted following Operation Erle, a multi-agency investigation into sexual abuse in Peterborough, set-up in the wake of the Rochdale and Rotherham child abuse cases.
We understand that some of the girls who Khubaib abused were living in care homes. Khubaib preyed on vulnerable children placed in the care of the local authority, who had a duty of care to protect them.
The Court heard that Khubaib had a “persistent and almost predatory interest” in girls and that he befriended young girls who he gave vodka to in attempts to make them “compliant” to his advances.
Sentencing Khubaib to 13 years in prison, Judge Peter Rook QC told him that his actions have caused his victims to lose trust in people and that Khubaib took advantage of them as he felt he was “untouchable” thinking there was “no risk that these girls would ever give evidence about these activities.”
The Judge also said that Khubaib’s victims showed “great courage” in giving evidence.
Mohammed Khubaib was jailed for sickening crimes against vulnerable children. Slater and Gordon Lawyers have acted for many victims of abuse, including people who have suffered abuse whilst in the care system. We have also campaigned for the mandatory reporting of child abuse for a number of years.
Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of Abuse Lawyers currently represent over 800 people who have suffered abuse and understand the courage needed for victims of abuse to speak out.
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