March 2015

Dessert bar owner jailed for sexual activity with 14-year-old girl


A Sheffield dessert shop owner has been jailed for three years for sexual activity with a child.

Rassam Ali, aged 24, of Staniforth Road, Darnall, was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court last month of pressuring a 14-year-old girl into sexual activity.

Ali ran Rassam’s Dessert Bar, also on Staniforth Road, when his victim and her friend began frequenting the shop after school in September 2013.

He told the victim to come back after the shop was closed and then pressured her into performing a sex act on him in the kitchen.

Ali was arrested in January 2014 after his victim disclosed what had happened to a learning mentor at school.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Tracey Davies said: “Ali took advantage of a young girl who was vulnerable due to her age.

“She found the courage to come forward and speak to someone she trusted about what had happened and we were able to bring him to justice.

“He is now rightly behind bars for his actions.

“I hope the victim can now try to put this horrendous event behind her and, with support, move forward with her life.”

February 2015

Dessert bar owner guilty of sex act with 14-year-old girl

A Sheffield dessert bar owner has been found guilty of ordering a teenage girl to perform a sex act on him in his kitchen.

Rassam Ali, who runs Rassam’s Dessert Bar on Staniforth Road, Darnall, invited a 14-year-old schoolgirl to his premises after it had closed and undressed in front of her.

The victim, now aged 15, and her friend started going to Rassam’s in about September 2013 after hearing about how nice his milkshakes were.

The incident occurred towards the end of 2013.

Ali, aged 24, of Staniforth Road, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child by a unanimous jury at Sheffield Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on March 13.