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Mohammed Rafique jailed for sex assault on girl

  • 21 September 2012
  • From the section Oxford
Mohammed Rafique
Image caption Police said Mohammed Rafique "took advantage of his position of trust"

A man has been jailed for four years after admitting sexually assaulting a girl in Oxford.

Mohammed Rafique, 55, of no fixed abode, assaulted the eight-year-old in the Cowley area on 24 June 2008.

He was living at a property in White Road when the incident took place. He pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

Det Sgt Sarah-Jayne Beedall, who led the case, said she was "pleased" he had been brought to justice.

Rafique fled the Oxford area while on bail and was tracked down to Cardiff after an appeal on Crimewatch.

Det Sgt Beedall added: "The victim has been very brave in speaking to police about her ordeal and I hope that the result today will go some way to giving her some closure.

"Rafique portrayed himself as a community leader during his time in Oxford and took advantage of his position of trust to attack a young girl."

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