Leicester man who abducted child, 14, handed four year jail term

A Leicester man has been sentenced to four years in prison for child abduction.

Police had warned Kaywan Ahmed, aged 31, of Highfields, to stay away from the 14-year-old girl after she was discovered in his home back in 2019.

He was jailed by a judge at Leicester Crown Court on Friday, after pleading guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing.

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The defendant, who lived in Highfield Street, had been issued a Child Abduction Warning Notice (CAWN) two years ago after officers with Leicestershire Police found the teenager at his flat.

The CAWN was issued to “safeguard the girl following concerns by officers and partner agencies that she was being exploited”, according to the force.

Its conditions prevented Ahmed from communicating with the girl or allowing her to be in his company – either at his home, another location or a vehicle – before she reached 18 years old.

Speaking at the conclusion of the case, a spokesperson for the force said: “Officers were contacted in late 2020 regarding concerns that Ahmed was seen outside her address and, in March this year, they were able to evidence him meeting her and travelling together into the city.

“He was arrested and charged with the offence of taking a child as to remove him/her from a person having lawful control.

“He pleaded guilty to this offence and a separate assault charge when in January 2020 he threw a glass a bar manager, cutting her face.”

Detective Constable Mahzbeen Healy, from the force’s Child Exploitation Team, said Ahmed had wilfully ignored instructions to stay away from the youngster.

“Despite knowing her age and this notice still being in place, Ahmed continued to meet with the girl,” she said. “He has given the notice no regard as we were able to evidence him collecting the girl, who is now 14, in a taxi before travelling with her to Leicester.

“So he has rightfully has been placed before the courts to face the consequences of this breach.”

Det Con Healy added: “Our dedicated team of officers and staff continue to work closely with partners focusing on cases of child exploitation and helping those vulnerable young people who often fall victim to this type of crime.

“It’s important if anyone suspects a child is being exploited, that they report it.”

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