Imam raped and sexually assaulted schoolgirl in mosque

A respected imam raped a young girl by luring her into a quiet area by asking her to accompany him to the library in a mosque. Khandakar Mohammad Rehman pushed the child into the washroom and attacked him, but the girl – who was said to come from “a devout Muslim family” – did not report the matter at the time.

Rahman sexually assaulted a girl under the age of 13 by touching her breasts and buttocks when she went to the mosque.

Swansea Crown Court heard crimes at a mosque in South Meczyki in 2005, but it was not until 2018 that the victim told her husband what had happened and the matter was reported to the police. The defendant was later arrested at Heathrow Airport.

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Rahman had previously tested twice in 2020, but both of those tests were abandoned due to illness, the second trial in November of that year ended after a juror tested positive for Covid and the jury was discharged . Prosecutors John Hipkin QC told the court that in December 2020 the defendant suffered a heart attack and then developed dementia. He said subsequent examinations by doctors for both defense and prosecution had found the 67-year-old defendant ineligible to face trial in the traditional sense, so the jury in Rahman’s third trial could not determine his guilt or innocence. was asked for. To determine whether he had committed the alleged acts.

The jury heard Rahman’s victim’s evidence in which she recounted how the imam had asked her to accompany him to the mosque’s library before pushing her to the washroom, where she fell and banged her head. He then described how the defendant climbed on top of him, and how he felt a “stabbing pain” between his legs as he moved up and down. The woman described being “face to face” with her attacker and a “very strong” body odor. She said the incident lasted only a few minutes, and then she pulled on her trousers and ran outside the mosque to her father, who was waiting outside in a car.

She also said that she had made an excuse not to go to the mosque again – something that was a big step for a child from a “devout Muslim family” – but on a few occasions she joined Rahman and touched his breasts and bottom. . The woman said she felt guilty that she had not reported the attacks sooner, and was concerned that he might have done the same to other women.

As the defendant, Gwilym Street, Cwmdu, Swansea, was unable to provide evidence and did not attend her trial, the jury heard the details of her original police interview in which she described the allegations as “lies, lies lies”. The jury also heard from several character witnesses who knew Rahman professionally or by virtue of being his former disciple. It was the case of the defense that the victim had misidentified her assailant.

After two hours and five minutes of deliberation, the jury found that Rahman committed the alleged acts, namely one count of rape of a child under the age of 13 and two counts of sexual assault. The sentence was adjourned till July 22.

Support for survivors of sexual abuse is available from many different charities and organizations. The following non-exhaustive list contains contact details for services that may help if you are affected by the issues raised in this article.

life center

  • 0808 802 0808 (Freephone)
  • 07717 989 022 (Text Line)
  • Support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse and anyone who supports them. A helpline, text support, and email consultation are included.

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

  • 0808 801 0331
  • [email protected]
  • Supports adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Offers a helpline, email support and local services.

one in four

  • 0800 121 7114
  • Provides advocacy services, counseling and resources for adults who have experienced childhood trauma or domestic or sexual abuse.


  • 0808 800 5007 (Young People’s Helpline)
  • 0808 800 5005 (National Male Survivor Helpline)
  • Helpline for adults and youth who have experienced sexual abuse and rape.

Survivors Trust

  • 0808 8010 818
  • Lists local specialist services for survivors of sexual violence, including advocates and independent sexual violence counselors (ISVAs).

Rape Crisis England and Meczyki

  • 0808 802 9999
  • Support for women and girls affected by rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence of any kind. Provides details of local centres.

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