Man, 25, jailed for raping girls as a teenager

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A BOY rapist from Blackburn, whose victims included a girl aged as young as four, has been jailed for seven years.

Firdosh Umarji was frequently high on cannabis and alcohol when he carried out a string of sex attacks when he was aged 12 to 14, Preston Crown Court was told.

A judge told Umarji, now 25, he had caused ‘immeasureable harm’ to his victims as he was imprisoned and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.

Umarji, of July Street, Blackburn, had denied six offences of rape, three charges of indecency with a child and indecent assault.

A jury convicted him of all offences except one rape in 2001 and the indecent assault charge after a trial.

Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Cornwall said it appeared Umarji had frequently been using cannabis and alcohol when he carried out the rapes.

“The harm you did to these girls was immeasurable,” added Judge Cornwall.

Victim impact statements given to the court told how the rapes left the young victims feeling ‘dirty’ and had made at least one of them unable to form relationships with new partners.

Jurors were told that the rapes occurred between 1999 and 2003, when the defendant would have been aged between 12 and nearly 15. The victims were aged between four and nine years old.

Andrews Marrs, defending, said his client still maintained his innocence regarding the charges and would be supported by his immediate family upon his eventual release, in efforts to rebuild his life.

Umarji, a father-of-one, was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life. The sexual offences prevention order restricts his access to children, without the express permission of parents, who have full knowledge of his offending record.

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