Keighley man is told to expect long jail term for rape of woman and attempted abduction of child

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A 31-year-old man is behind bars awaiting a long jail sentence for raping a woman in a park and attempting to abduct a ten-year-old girl in the street.

Khalid Mahmood was warned to expect “a significant custodial sentence” when the level of danger he poses to the public has been assessed.

Mahmood, of Gordon Street in Keighley, was found guilty by a jury at Bradford Crown Court on Friday of raping a woman at Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley on March 21, 2011.

After the majority verdict of 10-2 was delivered by the foreman, jurors learned Mahmood had earlier been convicted of attempting to abduct a little girl in Keighley as she played on her scooter.

They also heard he had four previous convictions for indecently assaulting women.

Some jurors were visibly shaken, and one woman was in tears and asked to leave the courtroom.

During the rape trial, prosecutor Matthew Bean said Mahmood saw his victim was down on her luck when she picked up a cigarette butt in Keighley town centre.

He offered her vodka and cigarettes and they went to the park to smoke, drink and talk. The woman made it very clear she did not want to engage in sexual activity with Mahmood. She pulled away when he tried to kiss her and told him to stop when he tried to put his hand up her shirt.

Mahmood had sex with her after she became so drunk she either lost consciousness or was no longer aware of what was happening to her.

She woke up in Airedale Hospital after an ambulance crew found her with her trousers undone and bark and leaves in her underwear.

In July last year, Mahmood pulled the ten-year-old girl along after approaching her as she played in the street on her scooter. He got a short distance before the child’s parents came to her rescue.

Mr Bean said there was no definite motive for what Mahmood did but it raised concerns about what he intended to do with the little girl.

Judge David Hatton QC adjourned sentencing until February 14.

He told Mahmood: “You must understand and appreciate there will inevitably be a significant custodial sentence in this case but there are issues, including public protection or dangerousness, that I must consider.”

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