Seaham pervert’s jail term reduced

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A CHILD molester jailed for abducting a vulnerable 13-year-old girl has had his sentence slashed by appeal judges.

Khaled Ahmed took the vulnerable girl from a Seaham street in daylight hours.

In June, the 48-year-old was jailed for three years at Teesside Crown Court after he was found guilty of sexual assault and abducting the child.

But now his sentence has been cut to two years after Mr Justice Irwin and Sir Geoffrey Grigson said the original punishment was too tough.

Ahmed, now of Southsea, Hampshire, bumped into the girl, who had a mental age of no more than eight, on November 29 last year.

He persuaded her to go to his then Seaham home and, after chatting for a while, began to fondle, stroke and cuddle her, before putting his tongue into her mouth.

Ahmed claimed the girl had asked to go inside to get out of bad weather, but denied doing anything wrong once she was in.

The appeal judge said the offences were seriously aggravated by the fact that he took the girl from the street and that she had been vulnerable.

He added: “Despite all those serious features of the offending, it appears to us that there are features of mitigation that should have been taken into account.

“There was a limit to the appellant’s offending. Both he and his victim remained fully clothed, and he did not attempt to stop her leaving.”