Behind Bars: Criminals who were jailed in Bradford this week
A SUPERMARKET security guard was jailed for 13 years for raping an underage girl in his car and then forcing her to write a letter asking the police to drop the case.
Sajid Janjua, 37, was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court earlier this month of raping the girl on a single occasion, sexual activity with the child, witness intimidation and perverting the course of justice.
Janjua, whose address was given as HMP Leeds, forced her to have sex with him in the back of his car in a layby on the edge of Bradford.
The two had first met by chance at the supermarket in central Bradford where he was working when she was there with her mother.
In her victim impact statement, the girl said she now suffered sleeplessness, flashbacks and anxiety. She had panic attacks when she saw a similar car to Janjua’s.
Judge Jonathan Gibson said Janjua isolated the girl in a car in an out-of-the way place. She tried to ignore his advances but he forced himself upon her when she was a virgin.
He then had consensual sex with her when he knew full well that she was underage.
Janjua had been arrested and was on bail when he followed the girl and her mother in their car in the middle of Bradford. He shouted through the open window of his vehicle: “End all this now. I could be jailed for ten to 15 years for this.”
Janjua also dictated a letter to the girl saying she had never been raped and that he had believed her to be 16 or 17. It was intended to be sent to the police but it was never received.
Judge Gibson said the offending had a significant impact on the girl who was particularly vulnerable and had been groomed by Janjua who gave her presents.
There was a degree of planning by taking her to an isolated spot to abuse her and a significant disparity in age.
He had then made her write the letter at a stressful and confusing time for her.
Janjua was jailed for 12 years for the sexual offences and 12 months to run consecutively for perverting the course of justice, making 13 years in all. He will serve two thirds of the sentence and then be released on licence.
Judge Gibson made a restraining order banning him from having any contact with the girl and her family.
He made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Janjua must sign on the sex offender register, both without limit of time.
A VIOLENT criminal who spent 15 years behind bars for robbery was locked up again for stabbing a man with a kitchen knife.
Mohammed Malik, 48, was convicted by a jury of unlawful wounding after a trial at Bradford Crown Court.
Malik, with a record for violence stretching back to the 1990s, stabbed the man in temper in Clover Street, Great Horton, Bradford, on August 10 last year.
He was also sentenced for possession of a bladed instrument on the same date.
Judge Graham Reeds KC jailed Malik for three years but he may spend a great deal longer in prison after being recalled on a life licence.
In mitigation after the guilty verdicts, it was said that he had a troubled upbringing and was bullied and encouraged to commit offences from a young age.
He became institutionalised, although he had done manual work from time to time.
After his release in 2021, he became homeless and was sharing accommodation with his victim on Clover Street. The knife was recovered from Malik’s room, the court was told.
Prosecutor Michael Greenhalgh said Malik’s criminal past went back to 1990 when he was sentenced for robbery. In 1993, he was locked up for 18 months for a Section 18 GBH.
Offences of affray and robbery came after that and in 1997, he was imprisoned for six years for another wounding with intent.
His longest sentence was meted out at Bradford Crown Court for robbery in 2006.
Mr Greenhalgh said that although Malik was labelled a public danger and ordered to serve a minimum of two years in jail, he actually spent 15 years behind bars because The Parole Board did not consider it safe to release him until 2021.
Mr Greenhalgh said Malik had used a highly dangerous weapon although he conceded that the injuries were not the most serious.
Judge Reeds said anyone who took a knife on to the street and wounded someone must expect a lengthy prison sentence. Malik had wielded a kitchen knife indiscriminately in temper to stab his victim.
The judge stated that it was clear to him that he was a dangerous offender within the meaning of the law.
Malik will have to serve at least half the sentence in prison but he won’t be let out until The Parole Board thinks it is safe to release him.
Judge Reeds asked for a transcript of his sentencing remarks to be supplied to the prison for use in the decision-making process.
A TAKEAWAY worker was jailed for four years after he and an accomplice leapt out of a Seat Leon to attack a man with hammers.
Amjad Hussain set about his victim in an alleyway near Queens Road in Halifax after following him in the silver car on November 16, 2020, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Hussain, 36, of Pavilion Close, Halifax, was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm after a trial in August last year.
Prosecutor Damian Broadbent said the Seat pulled up alongside the man and another male with him at 7.30pm. Two men armed with hammers launched an attack in the street.
The victim fell to the ground and was stamped on and kicked, the court was told.
The assailants threatened to kill him and his family if he reported the attack to the police.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance and found to have sustained a head wound, scratches, bruising and abrasions and puncture wounds to his knee.
Nicholas Leadbeater said in mitigation that Hussain denied using a hammer although CCTV footage of the attack showed that he was holding something.
He didn’t play a leading role and the offence was out of character.
There was no permanent injury suffered.
Hussain had been held in custody for five months following his conviction.
He had worked at a pizza takeaway restaurant and helped the homeless at a local church.
He was jailed by Recorder Patrick Palmer the judge who heard his trial.
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