August 2021

Paedophile hunters snared would-be child abuser in sting operation at Leicester train station

A 34-year-old man turned up at Leicester train station to meet a schoolgirl for an all night sexual encounter but ended up being arrested.

Ranzdar Murad Mohamad initially contacted what he thought was a teenage girl over Facebook.

But the child’s profile was a fake set up by a member of paedophile hunter group Elite, which runs an online campaign to identify people they believe will commit sexual offences.

The woman group member used a false name and old photos on the of her own daughter – who is now grown up – on the website.

James Smith-Wilds, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court that Mohamad sent an unsolicited Facebook message to the fake account and they exchanged hundreds of messages.

Mohamad asked her if she was a virgin and what her body measurements were.

He discussed her underwear and what they might do sexually if they were to meet.

The fictional girl told him she was 14 and from Birmingham.

He continued asking sexualized questions over several weeks.

The defendant suggested specific sex acts and also said they would “cuddle, kiss and have a massage”. He asked her to wear “sexy clothing” for him.

He arranged to meet her in Leicester so they could spend the night together.

But when he messaged her saying he was outside the station on Friday October 9 last year, he was confronted by the woman who set up the fake Facebook profile.

She had arranged the sting with four members of a similar organisation, Pheonix Predator Hunters, who film and live stream approaches of suspects.

The defendant was detained until the police arrived.

Mohamad, of Culham Avenue, Leicester, admitted attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming and attempting to have sexual communication with a child.

The court heard he had no previous convictions.

Judge Keith Raynor said: “You had hundreds of [online] conversations with a girl you believed was 14.

“I’m absolutely sure you wanted to have sexual intercourse with her.

“You undertook significant planning and told her never to tell anyone else and to delete the messages.

“There was a large age difference.

“You’ve expressed remorse and shame and I’ve read references about your previous good character.

“I am making a small reduction in the sentence as there was no real girl.”

Mohamad was jailed for 18 months.

He was also placed on a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.