Child abuser put behind bars
5:41pm 10th August 2012
(Updated 5:41pm 10th August 2012)
A Skipton man has been jailed for eight years after carrying out "sick campaigns" of sexual abuse against a boy and a girl.
57-year-old Abdul Razaq, from Greenfield Street, was found guilty of eight charges including indecent assault, gross indecency and incitement to gross indecency following a week-long trial at Bradford Crown Court.
He targeted his victims, who were both aged under 14 when their torment began, in two separate periods during the early 1970s and early 1990s.
Razaq was arrested by North Yorkshire Police in August 2011, after the victims bravely came forward.
An intensive and complex investigation was carried out by Skipton CID.
Detective Constable Alison Whitwell said: "Abdul Razaq preyed upon these poor, defenceless children for his own sexual gratification.
"He robbed them of their childhoods and his depraved actions have had a lasting effect into their adult lives.
"It is very satisfying that Razaq has finally been made to face up to his sick crimes.
"This case demonstrates that it is never too late for victims to come forward to the police. It also shows that offenders can never rest easily knowing that they will be pursued even decades later.
DC Whitwell added: "I truly hope that the outcome at court brings some comfort to the victims and their loved ones.
"I have nothing but the utmost admiration for the immense courage they have shown throughout. I wish them the very best as they begin to rebuild their lives following this traumatic period."
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