March 2021

Sex offender who fled to Pakistan jailed for more than eight years

A sex offender who fled to Pakistan before his trial at Bradford Crown Court has been apprehended and jailed for eight and a half years.

Raja Yasin left the country on November 22, 2016, and was on the run for more than four years before finally facing justice today.

He got in touch with West Yorkshire Police who arrested him at the airport after helping to arrange his flight back to the United Kingdom.

Yasin, 41, was living in Calderdale when he failed to attend his week-long trial in December 2016.

He had bought a one-way ticket to Pakistan where he was living with a partner and working at a call centre.

He was convicted by the jury in his absence of six sexual offences against an under-age teenage girl, including having sex with her on multiple occasions.

Prosecutor Ben Thomas said Yasin appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court on March 27 and was remanded in custody.

He was sentenced on a video link to HMP Leeds after pleading guilty to the Bail Act offence.

Mr Thomas said the girl was naïve and vulnerable and still struggling as an adult with what Yasin had done to her.

At the time of the police investigation, he accused her of lying and said he was sickened by her allegations.

Today, his barrister, Gillian Batts, said he wished to apologise to the woman and accepted in full her account of what had happened.

Judge Jonathan Rose jailed Yasin for eight years for sexually abusing the girl and six months to run consecutively for the Bail Act offence.

He made an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Yasin must sign on the sex offender register, also indefinitely.

Judge Rose said Yasin fled the country rather than face up to what he had done.

“This was grave and depraved offending,” he told him.

The child was young and vulnerable and as an adult she still suffered with depression and lack of self-worth.

Her ordeal was made worse after Yasin ran off because she thought he had got away with it.