Child rapist jailed after sexually attacking teenage girl in Moss Side GRINNED in police custody

Arman Nejad has been jailed for five years

A child rapist grinned in police custody after he sexually attacked a 14-year-old girl.

Arman Nejad dragged his victim from the street and into a house in Moss Side, where he raped her.

The crime dates back more than five years, to October 2009, but GMP failed to initially investigate and bring Nejad, now 23, to justice.

Supt Simon Retford, from GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “There were unacceptable delays in bringing the case to court after the initial complaint was made.

“The victim received a service that I believe fell below the level which we strive to offer to victims of rape and other sexual abuse.”

Nejad, of Caythorpe Street, Moss Side, was found guilty of rape after a trial at Manchester Crown Court and on Friday, April 17, he was jailed for five years.

In October 2009, the victim was walking along Caythorpe Street, Moss Side, with her friends.

Nejad called her over to his house on false pretences, separating her from her mates. He then dragged her into a house and raped her.

The matter was reported to police in February 2010, and the girl was video interviewed by officers from the south Manchester division.

In June 2013, officers from GMP’s ‘Protect’ team – a multi-agency initiative set up to tackle child sexual exploitation – visited the girl on an unrelated matter and became aware of an apparent lack of progress following her initial complaint.

The matter was then fully investigated by officers from the Protect team and Nejad was arrested, charged and subsequently convicted.

As soon as GMP’s Professional Standards Branch became aware of the apparent delay in this case, it was referred to the IPCC who returned it back to the force to investigate locally and this investigation is ongoing and a formal complaint has been made by the girl.

Det Insp Debbie Oakes, from GMP’s Phoenix Protect Team, said: “Greater Manchester Police’s Protect Team was first made aware of Arman Nejad’s appalling crimes in 2013.

“As a result, a full and thorough investigation was completed that resulted in this matter being brought to court and which aided in bringing Arman Nejad to justice.

“While the Force absolutely accepts the failures in this case, we should also stress that the work of Protect and the Phoenix partnership over the last few years that has made huge strides towards protecting vulnerable people who are at risk of child sexual exploitation.

“Working with our partner agencies, we can make use of legislation at our disposal to disrupt premises where we suspect CSE may be taking place, shut those premises down and also arrest and investigate suspects so we can put them before the courts, as we have done with Arman Nejad.

“With the launch of the ‘It’s not Okay’ campaign we are increasing public awareness of how to protect children at risk by increasing people’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs of CSE.

“Together, we will continue to tackle CSE and continue to pursue people like Arman Nejad and expose them for the criminals they really are.”

Supt Retford added: “An investigation is underway to establish the reasons and circumstances around our initial response and apparent lack of action in progressing this case.”

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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