Multiple sexual molestation attacks took place as the Muslim father of six gave Arabic lessons to an 11-year-old-girl and her brothers. He was convicted of 5 counts of sexual activity with a child but received a suspended sentence because his wife doesn’t speak English and he allegedly has a kidney problem.
UK Daily Mail (via TROP) An Islamic teacher who repeatedly molested a terrified girl of 11 as he taught her the quran has escaped a jail sentence because his wife’s English is so bad. Suleman Maknojioa, 40, repeatedly rubbed the youngster’s leg and reached under the folds of her prayer headscarf to touch her chest. Maknojioa was supposed to be giving the girl and her two brothers private tuition.
He was said to have favoured the girl and claimed the touching was done to reassure her. But his confused victim became terrified whenever lessons were due. He was finally reported to police after the children’s mother overheard her two sons, aged 13 and seven, talking about the incidents.
Maknojioa was a respected hafiz – a scholar of the quran. On the day he was arrested he was due to teach 30 children at a mosque near his home in Blackburn. He was later convicted of five counts of sexual activity but on Monday he escaped with a 40-week prison sentence suspended for two years. A family friend condemned the sentence. ‘This is a total disgrace,’ said the friend, who asked not to be named. ‘What type of message does this send out to paedophiles? He should be behind bars for this type of abuse. We are all horrified.’ The court heard she was better at her lessons than her brothers, who were often told off.
Maknojioa began touching the girl’s arms and head, then moved to her legs, feet and chest and her thigh. The girl claimed that the touching typically occurred as she prayed or read from the Koran while kneeling or sitting cross-legged.
She told the jury: ‘I was too afraid to say something. He would put his hand under my headscarf on my chest and he would squeeze. ‘He would only use the one hand. The other hand would be writing something or he would be pointing to my brothers and telling them to pray harder. ‘No matter how hard my brothers tried to pray it wasn’t good enough. He would always say I was better, even if I wasn’t. ‘My brothers asked me what he had been doing and I didn’t know how to describe it. I told them he had touched me up. They told me to tell Mum and Dad – but I just didn’t want to tell anyone. ‘It went on for ages, his hand going up and down. I was afraid of what my teacher would do.’
Her older brother said: ‘I knew what was happening for about a month before my parents. My sister would get very upset at the idea of anyone knowing. It was difficult for me to know what to do. He favoured her. He would give her ten pages to learn and we would only get three. ‘That way he spent most of the lesson with her. He did it slyly. When it happened, she was trying to pray. I have seen him touching her thigh in a stroking motion. It was inappropriate.’
This went on from September 2012 to June 2013 until the course of lessons ended. The girl’s father later confronted Maknojioa at his home but he denied all the charges.