Tariq Syed, aged 64, of Pemberton Drive was jailed at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday) after a jury found him guilty of rape and perverting the course of justice.
The rape was reported to police in September 2014 and the subsequent investigation was immediately picked up by the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit.
Syed was arrested again the following month after the victim’s family claimed he had offered them money to return to Romania.
He was bailed with conditions not to approach the family and later charged with both offences.
But just as the trial was due to get underway at court in August last year, the victim and her family returned to Romania unexpectedly.
Concerned that proceedings may not go ahead if the victim and her mother refused to attend court, Detective Constable Charlotte Grose and Detective Sergeant Amanda Middleton flew out to the country to make sure arrangements were in place for them to give evidence via a video link.
The trial began in February and yesterday Syed was convicted and sentenced for the rape and perverting the course of justice.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, said:
“This case shows the determination and the desire of our detectives to get justice for the victim and her family.
“Syed was an evil man who thought that by throwing money at the family he would get them to drop the case against him.
“We are delighted at the sentence he has received and hope it will give the victim and her family some closure.
“We also hope it will encourage others to report sexual offences to the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, whose specially trained officers will investigate every report sensitively and thoroughly with the aim of bringing perpetrators to justice.”
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added:
“I would like to commend the bravery shown by the victim and their family in coming forward to report Syed.
“His crimes were absolutely deplorable and his actions following arrest even more so.
“Tackling child sexual abuse is an absolute priority, as proven by the tireless and dedicated work of West Yorkshire Police in this case.
“I would urge anyone who feels they may have been a victim to come forward and report it to the police. You will be listened to and support will be provided.”