Paedophile Koran teacher could now be jailed
SUCH was the outrage over a lenient sentence handed down to a Muslim Koran teacher who sexually abused an 11-year-old schoolgirl thatAttorney General Dominic Grieve has been compelled to review the case.
The Attorney General’s office received about 75 complaints after Suleman Maknojioa, 40, a father of six,was given a 40-week suspended sentence.
He walked free from court after his defence lawyer argued that his family were dependent on him, as his wife did not speak English.
If Dominic Grieve decides the sentence was too lenient it will go before three High Court judges. They could lift Maknojioa’s suspended sentence and instead jail him for 40 weeks.
The Attorney General has 28 days to review the case.
Shaista Gohir, of the Muslim Women’s Network said:
When Mr Maknojioa was abusing his victim, he had no regard for consequences for his wife and children. Therefore using them as an excuse to save him from going to prison should not have been a consideration. When paedophiles are found guilty, they should be given the strictest sentence available to the judge.
Maknojioa was found guilty of five counts of sexual activity with a child under 13 after a trial at Preston Crown Court.
He repeatedly rubbed the 11 year-old girl’s leg and even reached underneath the long folds of her prayer headscarf to squeeze her chest while giving her and her two brothers private tuition in Arabic.
The abuse spanned nine months from September 2012 through to June 2013.
The girl told the court:
I did not want it, but I was too afraid to say something.
Hat tip: Glenn