Peterborough businessman guilty of grooming teenage girls

Mohammed Khubaib

Mohammed Khubaib

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Peterborough business man Mohammed Khubaib faces years behind bars after being convicted of grooming young girls.

Khubaib (43) of Cambridge Avenue, Peterborough, denied nine counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, and one count of raping a 14-year-old girl.

But following a two month trial it took a jury at the Old Bailey just a few hours to reach unanimous guilty verdicts on all counts against him.

Judge Peter Rook QC said: “You have been convicted of a very serious offence of rape on a young girl. You have also been convicted of no less than nine trafficking offences in relation to underage girls who you were deliberately plying with vodka so that you could take advantage of them.

“You must know that the only sentence the court can pass is a custodial sentence and indeed a long sentence.”

The judge said he was ordering a pre-sentence report ‘to consider whether you represent a significant risk to young girls in public.’

Khubaib’s co-defendant, Manase Motaung (32) of Grange Road, Peterborough, was found not guilty of seven counts of trafficking a child for sexual exploitation and one charge of rape.

The court had been told Khubaib had groomed vulnerable girls as young as 12 for sex, luring them in with cash, tobacco, flowers, and McDonald’s Happy Meals.

Jurors were told he arranged sex parties for the youngsters, who were aged as young as 14.

Khubaib is said to have driven them to properties around Peterborough where they were plied with drink and used for the sexual pleasure of him and his friends.

Khubaib showed no emotion after an Old Bailey jury took just five hours to return their verdicts.

Mr Motaung, originally from South Africa, wept in the dock as he was acquitted of one count of rape and five counts of trafficking a child for sexual exploitation. He walked free from court.

Khubaib and Motaung, known as ‘Naz’, were arrested along with another man, who did not face any charges at a small terraced house in Lincoln Road, Peterborough on 27 January 2013.

Khubaib had been giving vodka to two 14-year-old girls in an upstairs bedroom and was playing videos, which appeared to contain ‘porn-style scenes’.

It was the third time that week that Khubaib had been caught in the company of teenagers in similar circumstances.

Prosecutor Mark Dennis QC said: “As a middle-aged Asian man, Khubaib had nothing in common with these young girls; his unhealthy association with them was unknown to their parents or those who had parental control.

“These were girls who were vulnerable either because of their age, state of adolescent development, background, home circumstances or their unsettled schooling, or a combination of those factors.

“It was easy for Khubaib to try to take advantage of the vulnerability of such girls, relying on a degree of naivety and immaturity in the girls themselves.’

Khubaib’s predatory interest in young teenage girls was evident as far back as 2007 when he was arrested for raping a 14-year-old girl.

She was taken, along with two teenage friends, to a property in Peterborough where she was plied with booze.

The girl, who cannot be named, was touched by Khubaib who complained ‘he spends all this money and gets nothing in return’.

Khubaib told jurors he bought the girls vodka as part payment for cleaning one of his properties, but insisted he never touched them sexually.

“They told me they are 16. They asked me to buy alcohol, I buy them,’ he said giving evidence in broken English.

“They asked me, I didn’t have too much think in my head to ask too many questions.

“I need to clean my house, so I gave them job, which is good price.

“They are going to clean house for 60 quid and this drink, also, it’s their money taken out, not my money.’

But jurors didn’t believe his evidence and found Khubaib guilty of rape.

Khubaib’s treatment of another 14-year-old girl was, what the prosecutor, described as a ‘typical example’ of the way he operated.

She was often picked up by the men and taken to buy McDonald’s meals, given tobacco and small sums of money.

‘Always, however the girls were being plied with alcohol. For her 15th birthday... Khubaib bought [her] a £40 bunch of flowers,’ Mr Dennis told the jury.

‘So clearly he knew she was under 16,’ he added.

Khubaib would tell the girl he wanted her to be his wife and boasted his own spouse did not have a say in what he does.

‘All this, we submit, was part of the grooming process as he sought to corrupt this teenager to act as he ultimately desired.’