UK: Grooming gang member convicted for trying to intimidate his victim

A Rotherham grooming gang member has been convicted of trying to intimidate a girl he had sexually assaulted to stop her giving evidence against him.

Waseem Khaliq, 35, used Facebook to claim she had been encouraged to make false allegations against him with the offer of houses, money, benefits and compensation.

Although his victim was shaken by the approach, she gave evidence at his trial and Khaliq was convicted in August of indecently assaulting her. She was 14-years-old at the time. He could not be identified until the outcome of the witness intimidation case.

Khaliq admitted three counts of witness intimidation when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today, with the second and third offences relating to threats he made to National Crime Agency officers who had been investigating him. He was sentenced to an extra 45 months’ imprisonment.

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