"Vile predator" who preyed on children jailedMon 04 Dec 2023
The charges are linked to incidents that occurred over a span of two decades. Detectives uncovered additional victim-survivors during their investigation.
Tahir Mahmood, aged 64 (born on 29 September 1959), residing at Wentworth Road, Southall, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, 4th December 2023.
He was found guilty of the following charges:
- Ten counts of indecent assault on a male, in violation of section 15(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956.
- Four counts of indecency with a child, contrary to section 1(1) of the Indecency Act 1960.
- One count of sexual assault, contravening Section 3(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Additionally, he was issued a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
During the trial, Mahmood consistently asserted his innocence in the face of accusations regarding the assaults on the three victim-survivors, all of whom were children at the time of the offenses.
Detective Sergeant Mitesh Mulji, who led the investigation, said: "Mahmood is a vile predator who has no place in society, he believed he had got away with his crimes, living in freedom for more than 30 years. This case demonstrates it doesn’t matter how much time has passed – we will do everything in our power to ensure predators are brought to justice."
"These three children are now adults and they have lived with this abuse for a very long time. I would like to take this opportunity to commend them for their tremendous strength and courage during this prolonged investigation and for giving evidence in court."
"I urge anyone who has been a victim of Mahmood to come forward to police. We will support you."
Over the course of the two-week trial, the court learned that Mahmood had engaged in sexual assaults against three young boys between 1984 and 2004.
In September 2018, a report was filed with the police outlining Mahmood's repeated sexual assaults on a child, known to him, from 1984 to 1991. The victim-survivor, aged between 10 and 17 during the incidents, endured multiple sexual assaults after Mahmood befriended his family. Mahmood would take the victim alone in his vehicle to secluded areas in Southall and Hounslow to perpetrate the abuse.
Over the years, Mahmood groomed the victim by providing food and expensive gifts, employing threats of self-harm if the victim disclosed the abuse to anyone.
Through a specialized detective investigation, two additional victim-survivors were identified. The second victim-survivor, aged between 9 and 13 during the assaults, experienced multiple instances of sexual assault. Mahmood would similarly take him alone to areas in Southall and Hounslow.
The third victim-survivor was 16 years old when subjected to a sexual assault in 2004.
Following the reports to the police, Mahmood underwent two separate police interviews and was subsequently charged on 19 November 2021
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