Muslim pervert escapes a custodial sentence
SULEMAN Maknojioa, 40, of Blackburn in Lancashire, has six children, a wife who barely speaks English, is dependent on state handouts … oh, and he also has dodgy kidneys.
Combined, these factors earned him leniency when he appeared this week before Judge Michael Byrne at Preston Crown Court, where he was convicted on five counts of sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl.
The pervert was giving the child and her two brothers private religious tuition at their home.
Instead of being jailed, he escaped with a 40-week suspended sentence. The judge said:
I bear in mind your own family circumstances. I accept you are a very good father to your six children, your wife speaks little English and administration falls upon you.
I bear in mind that social services conducted their own assessment and found that you do not pose a risk. You are now unemployed living on state benefits.
I have come to the conclusion that this repeated offending from a person in a position of trust merits a term of imprisonment that crosses the custodial threshold.
But I’m satisfied that the sentence of imprisonment in this case for the reasons I have referred to may be suspended.
Maknojioa will be under supervision for two years and made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 10 years. In addition he was added to an “adult barring list” for seven years.
Maknojioa repeatedly rubbed the 11-year-old youngster’s leg and even reached underneath the long folds of her prayer headscarf to squeeze her chest whilst giving her and her two brothers private tuition in Arabic.
He was reported to police after the children’s mother overheard her two sons aged 13 and seven talking about the incidents in their kitchen.
On the day he was arrested, Maknojioa was due to teach 30 children at a mosque near his home in Blackburn, Lancs.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that Rebekah Dawson, 22, of Hackney, east London, who was recently jailed for 20 months for disseminating Internet videos glorifying the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby, has received an additional six-month jail sentence for witness intimidation.
She was allowed to wear a veil throughout the proceedings.
During the trial a police officer, who had been present when Dawson had her photograph taken after she was arrested, had to repeatedly go into a private room with the defendant to verify her identity.
The female officer then had to go into the witness box under oath and confirm that the woman under the veil was Dawson.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (both reports)