A businessman who sexually assaulted Leeds teenage girls after plying them with cannabis, cigarettes and booze has been jailed. Gulam Bobat, 64, also handed over cash to the vulnerable girls aged between 13 and 15 to get them into his car. The hardware store boss and property owner may even have handed over £6,000 to one of his victims.
Bobat was jailed for 12 months yesterday after pleading guilty to six counts of sexual assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Leeds Crown Court heard how he preyed on the girls in West Leeds over a three-year period and became well known in the area.
Mr Nicholas Askins, prosecuting, described how the assaults were limited to Bobat, of Princess Street, Batley kissing his victims or touching their legs over their clothing but the grandfather had accepted that his actions were sexually motivated.
On one occasion he took one of his victims and her friends to McDonalds before giving them cannabis. He would also phone some of the girls to try to get them to meet him. A 13-year-old who he gave the drug to became addicted to it and had a nervous break down as a result. Police found him in possession of seven mobile phone sim cards when they arrested him.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, was shown letters written on his behalf from West Yorkshire MPs Greg Mulholland and Mike Wood as well as his local Imam. Judge Collier also ordered Bobat to sign the sex offenders' register for 10 years.
Yes West Yorkshire MP Greg Mulholland ( Limp/Dem firstname.lastname@example.org ) and MP Mike Wood LIEbour ( email@example.com ) actually wrote letters to the court in support of Bobat.
I’ll say that a different way shall I? Two British elected Members of parliament actually wrote letters to a court in ‘support’ of an Asian paedophile who had preyed upon our underage female children over a three-year period as he plied these vulnerable children with drink, drugs, cigarettes and cash.
I have written to both of them expressing my total disgust at their actions and calling for them to consider their positions. Using the email addresses supplied above I beg you to please do the same.
Tom Linden NF 2010