A married father of six who drove off with the so-called Paedophile Hunter clinging to the windscreen of his car after he had turned up hoping to meet an under-age girl has been jailed.
Pervez Akhtar, 57, of Church Road in Stourbridge, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to attempting to meet a 13-year-old girl for sexual activity following sexual grooming over the internet.
He had denied a further charge of causing serious injury to ‘Paedophile Hunter’ Kieren Parsons, who has since legally changed his name to Stinson Hunter, by dangerous driving.
Akhtar admitted an alternative charge of careless driving on the day of his trial, which was accepted by prosecutor Mr Michelle Heeley.
He was jailed for 15 months, banned from driving for three years, ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order at Warwick Crown Court.
Miss Heeley said the case was the result of the actions of Stinson Hunter, who he said attempts to entrap people he believes are paedophiles over the internet.
He created an on-line persona of someone named Jodie on June 2 two years ago and was contacted through an on-line chat site by Akhtar, using the name Ink45, who told her she was pretty.
Although it was made clear to Akhtar that ‘Jodie’ was only 13, he arranged to visit her and asked for her to send indecent photographs to him.
Mr Harpreet Sandhu, defending, asked the judge to pass a suspended sentence, pointing out that there was no actual victim.
He said: “If Your Honour were to sentence Mr Akhtar to a term of immediate imprisonment, it would result in his stay in a custodial environment for a matter of months, and there would be little work down to resolve the elimination of any risk.
“The alternative would be a lengthy period of supervision as a result of a community sentence.
“Here is a man who needs to be dealt with constructively.
“His ability to reflect and react to his position in the course of the last 12 months since entering his plea indicates he is a man with the ability to approach a sentence in the community with success.”
Akhtar had entered his plea on the basis that the sexual activity with Jodie would not have been penetrative.
Jailing Akhtar, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: “This is an attempt, and no child was actually placed in a position of risk – but that is something you did not know at the time, and you encourage Jodie to recruit others to what was going on.
“I have been urged to consider whether I can say the sentence of imprisonment can be suspended.
“I am afraid I cannot.”
Source: Express & Star