A Rotherham child abductor who plied three schoolgirls with sweets and vodka after luring them to his flat overnight has escaped a bid to increase his ‘lenient’ sentence.
Lord Justice Davis said the three girls’ parents were driven ‘frantic’ when their children failed to return for the night.
It was only the next morning they learnt Vejahuin Ghorbani had driven them back to his home after accosting them in a local park.
None of the girls had been harmed or sexually molested but Ghorbani had ‘plied them with drink and made verbal sexual advances’, London’s Appeal Court heard.
He gave the girls – two of aged 11 and the other 13 – sweets and vodka, resulting in one of his victims being sick outside his home.
The abduction came after he began chatting with the girls as he sat on a park bench in September last year.
He asked them to get into his car after telling the oldest girl he ‘fancied her’ and spoke of having sex with her, Lord Justice Davis explained.
“The three girls got into his car and no physical force was used,” he added.
Once at his flat, Ghorbani repeatedly asked one of the youngsters to have sex and made sexual advances to all three.
But no sexual activity in fact occurred, and the girls slipped away unscathed the next morning.
Ghorbani, aged 37, of Park Mount, Clifton, was jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court in February.
He admitted two counts of abduction and one of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Attorney-General Jeremy Wright QC urged three Appeal Court judges to up his sentence.
Sarah Whitehouse, for Mr Wright, said the children were ‘detained’ for 12 hours and the terror endured by their waiting families.
The sexual comments made were ‘plainly indicative of what he wished and intended would happen’.
But Lord Justice Davis said Ghorbani had received a clear indication from the trial judge that his sentence would not exceed four years.
The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Cooke and Sir Geoffrey Grigson, agreed three years was lenient but was not so ‘out of line’ it demanded an increase, he ruled.
The judge concluded: “It is easy to imagine the feelings of the parents when they discovered their children had not returned.
“Nevertheless, we think it would be quite wrong for this court to intervene.”