A 43-year-old woman has been jailed for seven years for carrying out a string of sex offences against a young girl following the failure of an arranged marriage.
Raheelah Dar is beginning a lengthy prison sentence today after being convicted of the “isolating” and “manipulating” abuse of the girl several years ago.
Raheelah Dar was found guilty of a string of sexual abuse against a nine-year-old girl.
The 43-year-old denied all of the charges but was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child by unanimous verdicts in a trial in June of this year.
Prosecutor Christine Egerton told Teesside Crown Court that the string of assaults were carried out in an “abuse of trust”.
The court heard that Dar, then aged 26, began to groom and abuse the young girl following the failure of her first arranged marriage when she found herself living back with her parents in Middlesbrough.
The victim, who is now in her early 20s, read her victim impact statement to the court from the witness stand.
She said: “As a result of the abuse I suffered as a child, I have been left feeling isolated and unable to engage with people.