Paedophile, 54, got girl, 15, pregnant after her family refused to let him marry her for £50,000

A 54-year-old married man from North London has been jailed after getting a 15-year-old girl pregnant. Jawwad Akram had groomed his victim by buying her expensive gifts and eventually took her twice to Scotland after her family refused his proposal of marriage.

After having sex “numerous times” with the girl, she became pregnant and was placed into the care of social services after she was eventually found by the police. Appearing today (Wednesday, May 4) at Harrow Crown Court, Akram, of Edgware, was jailed for 11 years for the devastation he had wreaked upon his victim and her family.

Jurors had heard that between August and October 2021, Akram, who was originally from Pakistan, had groomed and exploited the vulnerable teen. He had bought her “trainers and a phone” amongst other expensive gifts, and was aware of her difficult upbringing. According to witness evidence from the victim’s mum, he had treated her family “with contempt” and had called them gypsies.

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The girl’s family told police and jurors that Akram was aware that their daughter was only 15 years old, and had offered “all the money in the world”, including a sum of £50,000, to marry her. They had refused his offer, with the mum saying in her victim impact statement that she found it “unnatural” that a man in his fifties wished to marry a teenager, as he was old enough to be her grandfather.

The 15-year-old had gone missing after her family refused to allow Akram to marry her. Her mum was unaware of her whereabouts for the next month, after Akram took her to a rented flat in Dundee where he had sex with her. When appearing before the jury, he had admitted to having sex with the teenager “six or seven times”, which eventually led to her becoming pregnant.

He was first caught in September after travelling with the girl to a hotel in Notting Hill, where he claimed he was staying with members of his family. However, a “quick-witted” hotel manager quickly became suspicious of the age gap between Akram and the girl and contacted the police.

He was arrested and bailed under the condition that he did not contact the girl, who was then put into the care of social services. However, in just a few days he had broken his bail conditions and was video-calling his victim, whilst also making arrangements for a new flat in Dundee.

Shortly afterwards, the girl went missing from her foster family’s home and had returned to Scotland under travel provisions organised by her abuser. He was arrested at his home a few days later and the girl was found at a property in Dundee.

He had “refused to assist the police in helping find her” and during his police interviews, had acted with a “so what” attitude when being reminded of her young age. After initially repeatedly denying having sex with the victim, DNA evidence proved that he was the biological father of her baby. The girl later went on to terminate the pregnancy.

Whilst in police custody, Akram had also made a number of phone calls from which transcripts were available. Judge Rosa Dean, the Honorary Recorder of Harrow, told the court: “I am quite sure from all the evidence provided that you were trying to buy a fake birth certificate for her to show.”

Akram had claimed he thought the girl was 19 and that he had remained unaware of her true age until last September, and that he did not facilitate travel for sex after that realisation. Following a trial at Harrow Crown Court, the jury only took one hour and nine minutes to find Akram guilty of sexual activity with a child and two counts of facilitating the travel of another person with the view to exploitation.

In an emotional victim impact statement read to the court by the prosecutor, the victim’s mum said that she has since lost contact with her daughter, and that her family have been left traumatised by the incident. She said: “This case has had and still has a massive psychological impact on me. I am unable to sleep properly at night and I cry all the time.”

She continued: “With regards to the relationship between my daughter and Mr Jawwad Akram, when I first heard the news that they had run away together my first thought was to jump in front of a car and commit suicide.” The court also heard that the girl, who had not wished to assist the Crown Prosecution Service, had found the entire experience “extremely stressful” and she was now in the care of social services.

Sentencing him to 11 years in prison, Judge Dean told the defendant: “Not only did you treat her family with contempt, you treated her with contempt too by having unprotected sex with her leading her to become pregnant.” Recognising the “significant disparity” in age, she said the text messages between the two were revealing, as they showed “where the power lies”.

She continued: “You were argumentative with the jury, it is quite clear that you are a bully and you are used to getting your own way. Your behaviour in this case has been predatory and narcissistic. You treated her and her family as less worthy of respect as they are poor.”

She said that his actions, aggravated by the age, grooming and the pregnancy, had caused “real devastation” to both the victim and her family, as well as his own wife. “At the heart of these offences is that you took the victim away from her family and then from her foster home to exploit her by having sex with her.

“You were effectively taking charge of her, her housing and her keep as if she was a mistress, although she was only a child.” Akram has been made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, a restraining order and will remain on the sex offenders register for life.

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