83-year-old Cambridge man Sazzad Miah jailed for 18 years for sexual abuse of girls as young as four

PUBLISHED: 14:15 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 01 July 2018

Sazzad Miah, 83, of Jermyn Close, Cambridge, has been jailed for 18 years for child abuse

Sazzad Miah, 83, of Jermyn Close, Cambridge, has been jailed for 18 years for child abuse

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Court heard abuse took place over 23 years on four children

An 83-year-old Cambridge man who sexually abused four girls over more than two decades has been jailed for 18 years.

Sazzad Miah, of Jermyn Close in Cambridge, was arrested in October 2017 after police received information about the historical abuse, which had taken place over 23 years.

A court heard he abused one girl over a period of 12 years between 1992 and 2004 and another over eight years between 2004 and 2012. Two were as young as four years old when abused, another was five and the other was 10.

Miah denied the offences but was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child, four counts of rape, two counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of sexual abuse of a child under 13 and one count of sexual activity with a child following a 16-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court last month.

Last Tuesday, he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court and was sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison, extended for one year on licence.

He was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and a restraining order indefinitely as well as being placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Detective Inspector Andrea Warren, from the child abuse investigation and safeguarding unit (CAISU), said: “I would like thank the victims for being so courageous and supporting the investigation. I acknowledge how difficult that was for each of them. I hope they can now move on to the next chapter of their lives safe in the knowledge that their abuser has been brought to justice and will spend a considerable time in prison.

“Child abuse is totally unacceptable and we will support victims of such crimes and work tirelessly to bring the offender to justice.”

For information and advice about child abuse, including sexual abuse, visit cambs.police.uk/childprotection.

Anyone who suspects a child is being abused should contact police on 101 or report it online at cambs.police.uk/report.

If a child is in immediate danger, always call 999.

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