குரான் சொல்லித்தரும்போது 12 வயது சிறுமியை தொடர்ந்து கற்பழித்த இஸ்லாமிய இமாம் கைது. 10 வருடம் சிறை
Imam raped 12-year-old girl during Koran classes
Published: 12:01AM GMT 23 Dec 2004
A former Muslim cleric was yesterday jailed for 10 years for raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in a mosque where he was teaching.
Manzoor Hussain, 42, of Bristol, was convicted of one offence of rape and four of indecent assault. The offences took place at a mosque in the city between July 1996 and March the following year.
'Sexual predator' gets life for raping womanAt the time of the offences, Hussain was the imam at the mosque in Lower Cheltenham Place. Exeter Crown Court was told the girl had kept the attacks secret for six years because she did not think she would be believed.
Sentencing Hussein at Exeter Crown Court, Judge Graham Cottle said: "You were an elder in the community and a man to be revered and respected by children you taught.
"In a gross breach of the trust placed in you, you sexually assaulted the girl over nine months, culminating in an offence of rape. She was a frightened, confused and miserable child.''
The girl had told the court that Hussain committed the offences when she was attending classes to learn the Koran.
The offences were not reported to the police until last year. Hussain, who came to Britain from Pakistan in 1991, had denied the charges.