Stam­ford Hill sex preda­tor fails in bid to clear his name

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JAMES BREW­STER

A MAN who had sex with a 15-yearold Or­tho­dox Jewish boy has failed to clear his name in the Court of Ap­peal.

Na­jibul­lah Ah­madzai, 25, of Waltham­stow, was found guilty at Snares­brook Crown Court in June last year of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child.

Deemed a dan­ger to the pub­lic, he was sen­tenced to in­def­i­nite im­pris­on­ment for pub­lic pro­tec­tion and or­dered to serve at least three-and-ahalf years be­hind bars be­fore he could ap­ply for pa­role.

He had sex with his vic­tim, a mem­ber of the Or­tho­dox Jewish com­mu­nity, af­ter they met at a Stam­ford Hill in­ter­net cafe, where Ah­madzai worked.

At the Court of Ap­peal, lawyers for Ah­madzai ar­gued that his con­vic­tion was “un­safe” be­cause he was ac­quit­ted of other charges re­lat­ing to the vic­tim, and the vic­tim’s brother.

Judges were told that the “in­con­sis­ten­cies” in the jury’s ver­dicts ren­dered Ah­madzai’s con­vic­tion un­safe, and it should be quashed.

How­ever Lord Jus­tice Keene, sit­ting with Mr Jus­tice Blair and Judge John Rogers QC, said that, al­though it may have been “sur­pris­ing” that Ah­madzai was found guilty on one count but ac­quit­ted on oth­ers, it did not mean his con­vic­tion was “un­safe”.

Dur­ing their de­lib­er­a­tions, the jury had asked the judge whether they could con­vict if Ah­madzai had a “rea­son­able be­lief” that his vic­tim was over the age of 16.

His lawyers ar­gued that the jury must have come to the con­clu­sion that Ah­madzai had be­lieved his vic­tim to be over 16 on one oc­ca­sion when they en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, but not an­other, and that was in­con­sis­tent.

The court heard that Ah­madzai had had sex with his vic­tim in ei­ther 2006 or 2007 af­ter ask­ing him to the back of the in­ter­net cafe.

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