"he had just turned 18 when the offence took place."
Ibrahim Javid, aged 20, of Blackburn, was jailed for six years for raping a six-year-old girl while he was still a teenager.
It was heard in court that the attack took place in 2017 when Javid had just turned 18. He later made the victim ‘pinkie promise’ that she would not tell anyone about what happened.
The police became involved with the matter in April 2017. Details about what had happened were uncovered.
Officers interviewed the victim and she told them in detail about what she had been made to do by Javid.
The prosecutor Paul Brookwell said: “After describing the incident, she told police that she had been made to ‘pinkie promise’ that she wouldn’t tell anyone about what had happened.
“When interviewed, Mr Javid denied the offence, saying he would never do such a thing.”
Javid continued to deny any wrongdoing until a trial began in February 2019.
On the second day of the trial when the victim was due to give evidence, Javid pleaded guilty.
Mark Kellet, Javid’s defence barrister, explained that his client had requested the opportunity to directly address the Judge.
He wanted to apologise for his actions as well as the time wasted during the trial phase, reported the Lancashire Telegraph.
Mr Kellet said: “The defendant was immature, and he had just turned 18 when the offence took place. He is a young man with learning difficulties and problems with his speech.
“There was abuse in his childhood that he both experienced and witnessed.
“The reality is that there are concerns about this defendant. But he is a young man with no previous convictions and there is much work that can be done with him.
“This is a case of a very naïve, immature, sexually repressed individual taking an opportunity that presented itself.”
“But my submission is that he does not pose a significant risk of serious harm.”
When passing sentence, Judge Robert Altham said:
“I am aware that there was a substantial amount of family pressure and complications on the defendant from his family.
“His mother died and he was rejected by his father. I accept that his remorse is genuine, principally because he has pleaded guilty.
“I also take into account his immaturity and the fact he has various speech and learning disabilities.”
Ibrahim Javid was sentenced to six years in prison. In addition, he was also made to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.