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Former shopkeeper sentenced for child sexual offences committed over 25 years ago

A FORMER shopkeeper has been sent to prison for 12 years after being convicted of child sex offences which happened more than a quarter of a century ago.

Nazir Ahmed, 73, employed a teenage girl as an assistant at his shop in Ely, Cardiff.

Ahmed, aged 73 was a shopkeeper in Ely, during the 1990’s has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Showing incredible bravery, over 25 years later, the female contacted South Wales Police to report that she had been subject to repeated sexual abuse. 

Ahmed used his position of power as the store manager to prey on a young, vulnerable female for an extended period of time.

Following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court, Ahmed was found guilty of three counts rape of a child, and on June 1, 2023, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison and a lifetime on the Sexual Offenders Register.

Lead investigator Detective Mike Lewis said: “The victim has to be given a massive amount of credit for her courage and bravery in reporting the offences and pursuing the case through the Criminal Justice System, which is an incredibly difficult and emotional process for victims of such offences.

“We are proud to be able to bring a dangerous offender to justice many years after the crime had been committed. This case shows that those targeting the most vulnerable in society cannot get away with their crimes, and justice will always catch up with them.

“I encourage anyone who has been the victim of a similar crime to report it to us, regardless of how much time has passed, as the crime will be fully investigated, and they will get our full support.”