Man jailed for 21 years for rape of 5-year-old boy
Friday 3rd August 2018 @ 09:07 by Lee Wild
Hyde News

A man from Hyde has been jailed for raping a five-year-old boy.

33-year-old Anwar Ali, of Chapel Street, Hyde, was found guilty of five counts of rape against a child under 12, four counts of sexual assault by penetration of a child under the age of 12 and two counts of accessing indecent images of children.

He was sentenced yesterday (Thursday 2 August) at Minshull Street Crown Court to 21 years in prison and a further 4 years to be served on licence upon his release. He was also ordered to remain on the sex offenders register for life.

The abuse took place over four years in the early 2000’s when the victim was just five years old. Ali would entice the boy away from other people to play computer games, then would sexually abuse him on a number of occasions before raping him.

In June 2017 a report was made to GMP about concerns over Ali’s behaviour, leading officers from GMP’s Child Protection Unit to seize a computer belonging to him. A search of the computer discovered that it had been used to view indecent images of children, leading to his arrest.

Detective Constable Louise Isherwood from GMP’s Child Protection Unit said: “Ali is a sexual predator who not only used a young boy’s interest in computer games to abuse him over a prolonged period, but had the audacity to plead innocence from the point of police interview and right throughout the trial, forcing the victim to relive this horrific ordeal.

“But, thanks to the courage of his victim – who did not want to tell his friends and family about this abuse and coped with it on his own before receiving specialist support from officers – we have today’s sentence, which sends out a clear message that no matter when these types of crime happen, they will be taken very seriously.”