July 2021

Man who groomed underage girls for sex on Snapchat is jailed

A ‘manipulative’ paedophile who groomed vulnerable underage girls on Snapchat and engaged two of them in sexual intercourse in city centre hotels has been jailed for 10 years.

Amjid Hussain, 38, was arrested on suspicion of rape in January last year after police burst into a room in Manchester and found him with a 15-year-old girl. A worried passer-by had tipped them off.

They seized several devices which revealed Hussain had been messaging two other schoolgirls on the social media app between 2018 and 2020, the city’s crown court heard.

He had met up with one of them weeks earlier in a Leeds hotel room where he offered her £300 and bought her vodka and cigarettes in exchange for sex.

Hussain, from Blackburn, pleaded guilty to grooming and engaging in sexual communication with a child, grooming and sexual activity with a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.

The court heard he was previously handed a three-year supervision order back in 2014 after being caught kissing another 15-year-old girl on a bus.

Handing him an extended sentence, the judge told Hussain he had engaged in the ‘calculated manipulation of vulnerable teenage girls’.

Hussain will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and will be on the sex offenders register for life.