July 2013

Great Horton barber jailed for trying to rape boy

Arshad Mahmood

A Bradford barber who tried to rape a 14-year-old boy who went for a haircut was jailed for eight years.

Arshad Mahmood, 33, lured the boy into a cellar at the hairdresser’s shop, where he sexually abused him.

Bradford Crown Court heard the teenager was white with shock when he got home following the attack.

Judge Peter Benson told Mahmood it had been a significant breach of trust.

The judge said: “Parents are entitled to expect that when they send their children to have their hair cut, they are not subjected to sexual abuse.

“You were determined to have your way with this young man.”

Mahmood, of Arncliffe Terrace, Great Horton, was yesterday convicted by a jury, after a three-day trial, of two offences of sexually assaulting the boy and two of attempted rape. He pleaded guilty to a charge of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child.

The court heard Mahmood was working at the barber’s shop, noticed the boy outside and was sexually attracted to him.

The teenager went in the shop for a haircut, but Mahmood attempted to groom him by offering him money, and then asked him to help fetch some towels from the cellar.

Judge Benson told the defendant: “You admitted that was a device to get him in an area where you could have sexual contact with him.”

The judge added: “You intended to engage in sexual activity with him, at the very least regardless as to whether he consented or not.”

While they were in the cellar the defendant kissed the victim and pulled down his clothing. The boy tried to get away but was pulled back.

Judge Benson said he accepted no physical violence or intimidation was used. But he said it was a serious matter because of the number of offences, the persistence of the offending and the abuse of trust.

Mahmood was made subject of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order, preventing him having contact with under-16s, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

His barrister, Abdul Iqbal, said it was inevitable his client would be deported after serving his sentence.

After the case, Acting Detective Sergeant Richard Dove, of Bradford District Safeguarding, said: “The victim in this case suffered a particularly distressing and traumatic ordeal and we welcome the strong sentence given to Mahmood.”