Northampton man found guilty of abusing 13-year-old girl
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A 28-year-old man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a child after the Force’s Child Protection Team worked relentlessly to bring him to justice.
Said Mohamed, of Upper Cross Street, Spring Boroughs, was found guilty after a four-day trial at Northampton Crown Court. He assaulted his victim in October 2017 when she was just 13-years-old.
The incident was reported to the police soon after it happened but attempts to locate and arrest Mohamed proved futile - he had fled the area and continued to evade police over the following months.
Officers were persistent in their attempts to find him and in 2018, took the appeal to locate him to the Crimewatch Roadshow. However, it took until January 2019 for detectives to find and arrest him and shortly after, Mohamed was charged with sexual assault.
He was found guilty last Friday, June 4, and is due to be sentenced on a date to be determined.
Detective Constable James Wright, who led the investigation said: “First and foremost, I want to praise the victim. Because of Mohamed’s attempts to evade capture, she waited three years for justice, until the day he was finally arrested for this horrendous crime.
“She has shown dignity and stoicism throughout the whole process and bravely supported the police and the justice system, which helped lead to this rightful conclusion.
“That said, the abuse has clearly affected her a great deal, to such an extent that, in its aftermath she was afraid to leave the house, for fear of this predatory man finding her and hurting her again.
“Said Mohamed preyed on her vulnerabilities and her loneliness and in a cruel and calculating manner, he set out to intimidate her and then sexually assault her when she was at her most defenceless, in a location where she should have felt safe.
“This guilty verdict shows the jury could see through his lies. Mohamed clearly thought his victim wouldn’t speak up. Thankfully, she did.”
Northamptonshire Police Child Protection Team go above and beyond to make sure that people like Said Mohamed face justice, so this should serve as a message that if you are going to abuse children, then you will face the consequences.
Northamptonshire Police takes reports of sexual assault very seriously and will always treat reports of this nature with the confidentiality and sensitivity they deserve.
We will believe you.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, whether recent or non-recent, please come forward and call us on 101 or use our online reporting tool at www.northants.pnn.police.uk