A former quantity surveyor who offered a group of schoolgirls cash for sex whilst stalking them around a park with £600 in cash in his pocket has been locked up – to a round of applause in court from their angry parents.
Shahid Razzaq, 42, withdrew the money from ATM then offered up to £70 for one of the children to have intercourse with him after he appeared suddenly from bushes as they were walking past.
During the incident the terrified girls aged between 12 and 15 tried to run away but one was offered increasing amounts of money to perform a sex act on the married father of two.
He was subsequently detained at the scene at Broadfield Park in Rochdale after being confronted by members of the public.
It emerged Razzaq had targeted another 16-year old girl an hour earlier as she was about to walk along a nearby subway outside the town’s Touchstones Museum.
He said ‘you have really nice t*** and a***’ before reaching out to touch her breast.
Razzaq, who lives in Rochdale, later claimed his comments were ”a joke” but in a statement the 16-year old victim said: “The incident left he feeling scared and I feel really unsafe. I suffer from panic attacks and this incident led me to having the worst panic attack yet.
“My friends tried to calm me down when they met me later, and I threw up straight after the incident. I feel I can’t go outside on my own anymore and I feel like I have got to have someone with me or have someone drop me off and pick me up.
“If a stranger came up to me again I would really be scared and I wouldn’t feel safe.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, families’ of the girls clapped from the public gallery as Razzaq was locked up for 27 months after he admitted attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity.
The incidents took place between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on August 8 of last year. Prosecutor Peter Cadwallader said: “The first victim was outside a museum and was due to meet a friend shortly afterwards.
“It was dark at the time, she was about to walk under a subway to the car park when the defendant appeared in front of her and asked if she had a lighter.
“She searched for one in her bag and she found on but it was broken, and didn’t take it any further. He then offered to her a cigarette and she said no.
“He then asked where she was going and she told him, but he was being persistent. He then asked her if she wanted to meet him later and she said no. She then tried to walk past him but was prevented from doing so as he was standing in front of her blocking her way. He was less than one metre in front of her.
“By now she was frightened and began to panic. He then said to her: “You have really nice t*** and a***”. He lifted his hand, had his palm open and tried to touch her breast. She stumbled backwards a couple of paces in order to avoid contact and this was successful. She continued to panic and shouted out.
“She managed to avoid him and ran away and she then saw him walking off in the opposite direction. The incident in total lasted about three to four minutes long.”
“The victim of the second offence was with friends and had gone out into the park. They were walking along the path when the defendant appeared from some bushes. He was watching them constantly as they walked past him and he then followed them
“Two of the children ran off, leaving the victim and her friend alone. The defendant began to speak to the victim and her friend. The victim told him in many uncertain words to ‘go away’.
He didn’t, he continued to ask them things and tried to speak to them several times. He was very persistent.
The court said he then offered the victim £10 and £20 to perform a sex act on him. She refused, and at this point, the friend ran off leaving the victim alone. He then offered her £30, £40, £50, £60 up to £70 for sex with him.
“In his pre sentence report the defendant maintains it was a joke, but it is the Crown’s case he was attempting to pressure her to have penetrative sex.
“If she had agreed, he would have done so. At this point, three men appeared, the defendant was detained at the scene and the police were called”.
In a victim personal statement, the 15-year-old girl said: “During the time of the incident, all I could think about was that I left the house that day after having an argument with my mum, and what might have happened.
“You don’t think this sort of thing is going to happen to you. It’s scary. You just hear about these sorts of things on the news.
“At the time I didn’t understand or realise how dangerous the situation was or what could have happened. I am struggling to deal with what’s gone on. I won’t be going back to Rochdale, especially at this time of the night.”
Razzaq initially claimed he had been in the area to withdraw £600 and denied targeting the girls because of their age.
His lawyer Colin Buckle said: “The incident will be a very frightening and traumatic experience, as heard in the victim personal statements. The defendant, it seems, has failed to recognise the impact upon them. He is now remorseful.
‘He is a family man and has been married for 11 years, his oldest child is 10 and he has a child of one at home. He is articulate and educated, and has a degree in Quantity Surveying. If he does go to custody, it will be an unmitigated personal disaster for him and his family”.
But sentencing Razzaq Judge Tina Landale said: “The first victim showed tremendous courage by shouting out in a panic and managing to run away has to be commended for her bravery. This had a significant impact on her and she vomited in fear afterwards.
“The second girl was left very frightened and she has struggled to process what has happened to her. I am sure, in the circumstances, you were trying your best to persuade that young girl to have sexual intercourse with you as you had £600 on your possession.
“I find the level of denial in your pre sentence report seriously concerning as you had not taken responsibility for your actions.”
Razzaq was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
After the case Det Con David Read of GMP’s Rochdale District said: “Razzaq exhibited a dangerous pattern of offending, which escalated from inappropriate and lewd advances towards a lone, young woman, to attempts at engaging in sexual activity with minors.
“I have little doubt that he set out that evening in the hope of finding a victim. His behaviour was disgraceful – the actions of an arrogant man who showed utter contempt for the girls he approached, who were simply minding their own business.”