"When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked and scared"
Quaser Abas, aged 37, of Hull, was jailed for 12 years after he raped a teenager who was later forced to give birth to his baby.
Hull Crown Court heard that the truth came to light once the child was born and a DNA test was taken, confirming that Abas was the father.
The girl had been abused over a short period of time. She went for a routine hospital check and found out she was 23 weeks pregnant.
After giving birth, a DNA test revealed that Abas was the father, who claimed that the test was “contaminated”.
A victim impact statement was read out by prosecutor Mark McKone. The girl stated that Abas had “destroyed her life”.
The teenager explained: “I didn’t want a baby at this age, I didn’t want it to happen the way it did.
“I was scared to tell my mum.
“When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked and scared to tell anyone and was scared about what they might say and think. I didn’t want the baby but now it is here I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“I get upset having to think about it.”
She went on to say that she is glad that she spoke about her ordeal so that Abas could not do the same to others.
The victim’s mother produced a statement where she revealed that she feared resenting the baby.
She said: “I can’t speak to her about it or speak about what happened. I thought she was safe.
“I can never get over it and need to ask why he did it.
“It would have been hard enough for her to have a child, never mind at this age. He has taken her childhood away from her. She has had to grow up so fast.
“I was there during the birth and it was so horrible watching her go through that, knowing I couldn’t do anything.
“He’s destroyed our family.
“One day we will have to tell the child what happened. I try not to think about it because when I do I feel like I’m going to cry and I love my grandchild now it’s here but I can’t think about it because I would resent it.
“I didn’t want to be a grandmother in these circumstances.”
However, it was heard that there was a possibility for Abas to have a relationship with the baby.
Judge David Tremberg explained that he could apply for contact, but the decision would be down to family court rather than criminal court.
He said: “If there ever comes a time where it wants to know its father, it is not for me to shut that down.
“There are family procedures that can deal with that issue. It may well be that it [the child] may never see its father but it is not for me or this court to deal with it.”
Matthew Burden, defending, explained that Abas was of “previous good character”.
Abas had claimed the crimes were “fabricated and concocted” by the teenager and her mother. After a five-day trial, he was convicted of rape.
Judge Tremberg told Abas:
“You took the opportunity to rape her, having full, unprotected sexual intercourse.”
“She told you ‘no’ but you pressed on and she simply submitted.
“In her police interview, she said she had ‘no words’ and was ‘so scared’. This immature, inexperienced girl did nothing to show sexual interest in you but you took the opportunity to use her to vent your sexual energy.”
At the time, the teenager did not report Abas but her pregnancy presented a “different dilemma”.
Judge Tremberg added: “Matters came to light because when a visit to hospital and a routine test was carried out it turned out she was 23 weeks pregnant.
“Having had her child, the DNA that you were its father was overwhelming but you continued to protest your innocence instead of showing remorse, running your case that she had somehow fabricated it and the DNA must have been contaminated. You took to the witness box under oath.
“The harm you caused was serious. She wouldn’t have chosen to have a baby, especially to you, and confronted with the decision of what to do she decided to keep the child and that has changed the path of her life.
“At some stage, the child will have to be told something of its parentage and there is no easy answer about what will be told or how it will deal with it when it is.
“It is unlikely they will have anything like a normal relationship with its father after what you have done.”
Abas was described as a “serious sex offender” and the judge said there will be no likelihood that he will “ever, ever have the opportunity to be in a similar situation again”.
Quaser Abas was jailed for 12 years. He will serve half of his sentence in prison and half on licence.
He was also made subject to a restraining order against the teenager. A sexual harm prevention order means Abas cannot have any unsupervised contact with girls under the age of 16.
Hull Daily Mail reported that he will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.