A ‘sexual predator’ caught hiding under a 14-year-old girl’s bed by her shocked mother has had his jail term slashed by top judges.
Umar Ali Hussain, 26, then of Broomer Street, Ravensthorpe, was imprisoned for six years and three months at Leeds Crown Court on September 23 last year.
Hussain and two male friends were at a house in Dewsbury where the teenage victim was staying, Mrs Justice Cox told London’s Appeal Court.
When the other men left, Hussain stayed and ‘sweet-talked’ the girl into having sex with him on the couch.
The next evening he went back to the house and had sex with her again.
But this time he was caught out when the girl’s mother came round and found him hiding under the bed.
Hussain admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child.
His teenage victim was ‘entitled to protection under the law from sexual predators’ like him, said the judge who locked him up.
But Nicholas Worsley, for Hussain, argued his jail term was far too tough and ought to be cut.
He said Hussain was ‘immature’, while his victim was a ‘mature girl’.
There had been “two incidents in very close succession where, in between, the running was made by the complainant”, he added.
A statement from the victim had not been given to the defence barrister when it should have been and should not have been considered by the sentencing judge, he argued.
Hussain was the main carer for a ‘seriously unwell’ mother, added Mr Worsley.
“We see some force in these submissions,” said Mrs Justice Cox, who was sitting with Lord Justice Gross and Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC.
She said that, ‘regrettably’, the victim’s statement was not disclosed ‘in good time’ to Mr Worsley.
Parts of it, concerning the impact of Hussain’s crimes on the teenager, were disputed by the defence.
There was a ‘significant disparity’ in age between Hussain and his victim and he ‘was fully aware of her age’, said Mrs Justice Cox.
But she said there was ‘no evidence’ the victim had ‘drunk any alcohol at the suggestion’ of Hussain and there was no ‘breach of trust’.
The appal judge ruled Hussain’s jail term ‘excessive’ – and reduced it to four and a half years.