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Oldham man jailed for after-school abuse of girls in the late 1990s
Monday 25th September 2017 @ 14:35 by Tom Greggan
News Oldham

A man from Oldham has been jailed for historic abuse of school girls in the 1990s.

58-year-old Liaqat Mahmood was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for seven charges of indecent assault at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday.

Liaqat Mahmood

The court hear how Mahmood was a tutor at an after-school class in Oldham for young girls and boys. During one of the classes, in 1997, he asked a girl to sit on a sofa before sexually assaulting her.

On another occasion, one of Mahmood’s victims went to make a cup of tea when he approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her.

His offences were first reported to police in February 2015 and Mahmood was arrested after an investigation.

Detective Constable Javed Iqbal of GMP’s Oldham Borough, said: “Mahmood’s behaviour was utterly despicable, taking advantage of young children he was supposed to care for and who had put their trust in him.

“I would like to thank the victims for the incredible bravery they showed in coming forward and reporting this man, I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to relive the trauma they faced at this man’s hands.

“I hope this sentence shows that no matter how long it is since a harrowing experience like this took place, we will do everything we can to bring the perpetrator to justice.”