"You had money in your pocket while she was struggling"
Child rapist, Raja Imran Yasin, aged 40, of Halifax, has been jailed for eight and a half years as part of Operation Honeydon.
He was jailed more than four years after his trial was set as he had fled to Pakistan.
Bradford Crown Court heard that in November 2016, he bought a one-way ticket to Pakistan. He should have attended his trial.
The trial went ahead, with the teenage girl giving evidence and being cross-examined.
In his absence, Yasin was convicted of six offences against the victim, including having sex with her on multiple occasions.
On March 31, 2021, Judge Jonathan Rose said there was no closure for the girl despite Yasin’s conviction because the victim believed he had “got away with it”.
The judge said the child rapist had been “living a normal life” in Pakistan where he lived with his partner and worked in a call centre.
He told Yasin: “You were getting on with your life.
“You had employment. You had money in your pocket while she was struggling with being your victim.”
Yasin had allegedly gone back to Pakistan to visit his sick mother.
She passed away in 2019 and Yasin eventually contacted the police. In early March 2021, he arranged to return to the UK. He was arrested as he got off the plane.
Yasin was jailed for eight years for the sex offences. An additional six months was imposed for breaching his bail.
During the hearing, Yasin said:
”I hope she can find it in her heart to forgive me.”
Yasin was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life. He also received an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
Senior investigating officer Chief Superintendent Mark McManus of West Yorkshire Police said:
“I am glad that Yasin has been brought back to the UK to face the punishment of his crimes.”
“I would like to praise the victims for having the strength and courage to come forward to the police.
“They’ve had to wait nearly five years to get justice and I hope that today’s sentence gives them some comfort and closure to those affected by these crimes.
“We would always encourage anyone who has been the victim, or who has witnessed any form of abuse to come forward to the police.
“Our specialist teams will always take all reports seriously, deal with them sensitively and work to bring offenders to justice.”
The Examiner reported that Yasin’s father, Raja Yasin, aged 68, was also convicted as part of Operation Honeydon in April 2016.
He received a sentence totalling 24 years for child sex offences, including rape.