One the run West Yorkshire rapist jailed for 21 years

A West Yorkshire businessman who raped and sexually abused a 13-year-old girl more than 100 times was handed a 21-year jail term in his absence yesterday.

Mohammed Nawaz, 57, disappeared in the middle of his trial in October, when he was convicted of four counts of rape and five indecent assaults committed on two girls.

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He repeatedly preyed on one girl at the flat he owned above his takeaway in Stanningley, Leeds.

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Mr Justice Treacy, sitting at Teesside Crown Court, said Nawaz had shown a "total absence of shame, of recognition of what he has done and of remorse" and was probably now hiding in Pakistan.

He handed down an extended sentence of 16 years in jail plus another five years extension, subject to licence, because of the seriousness of Nawaz's offending.

During his trial at Bradford Crown Court, the businessman even got his children to lie on his behalf to fabricate a defence, the judge said.

"These acts occurred on dozens and dozens of occasions, probably running into three figures," the judge added.

Nawaz, from Flockton Road, East Bowling, Bradford, would use bribes of cigarettes to co-erce the child, and would sit in his car waiting for her to pass him in the street.

"This shows a degree of predatory ruthlessness towards an underage girl," the judge said.

Nawaz also picked on a younger girl, aged 11, who was also abused.

The offending was prolonged and "committed in a manipulative and cynical way" the judge said.

The rapist even made his victim believe she was to blame, and there has been lasting damage caused to her, the court heard.

Nawaz was held in high esteem in his local community, having lived in the UK for 40 years and running a successful business as well as becoming a landlord.

The judge made a Sexual Offences Prevention order banning Nawaz from contacting either victim and from having unsupervised contact with any girl under 16.

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