Man, 32, jailed for seven years after getting girl, 14, pregnant

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Abid Miskeen Abid Miskeen

A 32-year-old man has been jailed for seven years after getting a 14-year-old girl pregnant and leaving her to undergo the trauma of an abortion.

Judge Robert Bartfield told Abid Miskeen today: “You have not shown one iota of remorse or regret for what you did.”

Miskeen was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday of sexual activity with a child, while subject to a court order for punching his previous partner in the face.

The jury heard that Miskeen, of Little Horton Lane, Bradford, knowingly attended his victim’s 14th birthday party.

He had a long criminal record, dating from when he was a youth, for offences including assault, aggravated vehicle taking, witness intimidation, resisting a constable, robbery and dangerous driving.

Miskeen’s barrister, Charlotte Kenny, said his victim had “an element of self-assurance about her.”

“In her eyes, the defendant did her no harm but clearly she had to be protected from herself,” Miss Kenny said.

Judge Robert Bartfield agreed to a request from prosecutors last week to have the girl and other witnesses arrested by the police to make them attend the trial, although it led to her detention overnight in a police cell.

The girl, now 15, had disappeared from court after her carer let her go outside for a cigarette. A warrant was issued for her arrest and she was produced in custody to give her evidence the following day.

Judge Bartfield said the case would have collapsed without the girl’s attendance.

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