A British citizen, who is accused of raping a teenage girl in the UK, has fled the country as his sexual abuse trial is halfway through. He is suspected to be hiding in Pakistan.
Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain, 38, was convicted of rape, sexual activity with a child and conspiracy to rape after a trial at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, according to the Daily Mail.
Hussain, who is a resident of Mayfield Terrace in Rochdale, had requested the court to grant him special permission to leave his trial and attend the funeral of a relative which was to be held somewhere in the UK.
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The UK police fear that Hussain may have fled to Amsterdam through port system before making his way to Islamabad. He was convicted in his absence after he fled the country during the trial.
Hussain was among the 10 men found guilty of a range of serious sexual offences during two trials held at Minshull Street Crown Court. They are due to be sentenced in April.
On Sunday, the furious father of the teenage victim, who was abused by a Rochdale-based Asian sex gang jailed in 2012, criticised the justice system, saying: “When will they learn? Surely someone should have worked out what he was planning. One of the men who attacked my daughter managed the same trick and flew to Islamabad. He's never paid for his crimes.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Judicial Office in the UK said Judge John Potter allowed Hussain, who was on bail, to be released on one-day of the trial.
He added that the accused was on bail during his trial, not in prison on remand so was free to attend any funeral. “At the time he was giving evidence and his lawyers asked if [rather than giving evidence that day] he could go to the funeral.”
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Further, prosecutor Neil Usher described the victim as “an extremely vulnerable young woman” who had endured a “very difficult home life”.
“Some of this grooming was successful to the extent that as a child, and a vulnerable child at that, she on many occasions agreed to engage in sexual activity with a number of the older men,” the prosecutor told the court.
“She told the police that there were other occasions when she had not agreed to have sex with some of the men, some of whom had nevertheless then gone on to have sex with her against her will,” he added.
Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Doublet, said: “Operation Doublet was launched following the 2011 investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rochdale. We identified a number of cases, which broadly took place between 2004 and 2008, across Greater Manchester where teenage girls were being sexually exploited by older men.”
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The detective added: “Hussain was one of the offenders identified and he has now been convicted of a number of serious offences but he seems determined to try and get away with not serving his time for the horrendous crimes that he has committed. We believe he may be in Pakistan but we are still determined to find him and ensure that he is held to account for what he did.”
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.
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