Sick dad-of-three jailed for luring runaway teen into van and raping her at family home
Written by The Newsroom on June 27, 2019
A delivery driver has been jailed for plucking a runaway teen from a city street, plying her with cannabis and raping her in his marital home.
Mohammed Basharat claimed he was 26 and lived with his parents, but was in fact ten years older and a father-of-three.
He spotted the vulnerable girl wandering the streets of Birmingham on August 16, 2017 – after she fled her home in a row over Instagram.
He convinced her to get into his van and drove her round for six hours, before ‘smuggling’ her back into his Hodge Hill home.
There, he made the girl cover her head with a jacket – fearing his neighbours would see he had brought a young girl home.
Basharat let the girl upstairs to sleep on his marital bed, but later sneaked into the room and raped her.
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Glyn Samuel, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the victim had an argument with her family about her use of Instagram.
She was punished by having her phone taken from her and was sent to her room.
But when later called down for dinner, her family discovered she had run away after climbing out of a bathroom window, Mr Samuel said.
He added: “The family went out looking for her. They did not know where she was and reported her missing that evening at about 9.30pm.
“After she left the family home she was walking the streets of Birmingham and had no coat.”
Mr Samuel said she was later spotted walking along a road in Hodge Hill by Basharat, who worked for TNT and was driving a company van.
He beeped his horn and offered the teenager a lift which she accepted and he told her to get in the back of the van “where she would not be seen,” said Mr Samuel.
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Basharat told her he lived with his parents, when in fact he was a married man with three children, one of whom was 14, Mr Samuel said.
Basharat then drove around for some period of time and at one point the he bought some cannabis which she smoked and which made her feel “dizzy and sleepy,” said the prosecutor.
He said they drove to drove to Bassetts Pole near Lichfield and also to Star City.
Mr Samuel said Basharat did not stop at Star City because he recognised one of the cars there and did not want to be seen by someone he knew.
He eventually returned to his home where he insisted the teenager wear his jacket with the hood up because he wanted to avoid any neighbours seeing he was taking a young girl into the property, the jury was told.
Mr Samuel said the pair watched TV and Basharat smoked some more cannabis before the victim became sleepy.
The defendant told her she could sleep upstairs and she lay on a bed but he then woke her and joined her on the bed, it was alleged
“She felt weak and scared. She realised she had got herself in a position she could not get out of, ” Mr Samuel said.
The prosecutor said Basharat told her to take her underwear off and raped her, while holding her arms above her head.
He said the attack happened when the defendant’s family were out of the country, adding that Basharat later dropped the teenager off at a shopping centre.
She was found walking the streets by her grandparents and the defendant was later arrested while driving his van on Cannock Road.
Det Insp Tony Parkes, from the Birmingham Child Abuse Team, said: “Child exploitation investigations are often very challenging as they involve youngsters who have been groomed and manipulated by offenders.
“We will do all we can to protect children from sexual predators – and will always seek to take positive steps to protect victims and secure jail terms against offenders.”
Basharat, of Twycross Grove, Hodge Hill, was found guilty of rape at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, June 24 and jailed for seven years.
He was earlier cleared by the jury of arranging the travel of another person with an intention of exploitation.
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