A man who attempted to rape a child and sexually assaulted a child in Preston has been jailed.Advertisement
Mohammed Kahlil Aziz, of Goldfinch Street, Deepdale, has been sentenced after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.
The 39-year-old was found guilty of child sex offences in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Aziz was jailed for 14 years for attempted rape and two counts of sexual assault committed against a child in Cumbria between 2010 and 2012.
He was also sentenced for the attempted rape and sexual assault against a child in Lancashire in 2007.
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Detective Constable Jim Power of Lancashire Police said: “Aziz is a sexual predator who abused a child when he knew they were alone and vulnerable. It is my view that the attempted rape would have gone further had Aziz not been disturbed by the opening of the front door.
“I would urge anyone who has suffered sexual abuse to speak to us. We want victims to feel confident that they will be treated with compassion and that we will do everything possible to trace those responsible and take action against them.”
Senior crown prosecutor for the North West Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit Claire Hilton said: “Mohammed Aziz has shown no remorse throughout the case and in pleading not guilty to the offences; he put his victims through the further ordeal of giving evidence against him at a trial.
“I would like to pay tribute to those victims; it is due to their immense strength and bravery in coming forward and testifying against him that we have been able to bring him to justice.
“I sincerely hope that following today’s sentence they will finally be able to move on with their lives.”
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Aziz must also abide by an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Anyone wanting to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident you can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.