'Highly dangerous' Bradford man locked up

Faizan Mujahid

Faizan Mujahid

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A schizophrenic teenager, who twice raped a disabled woman he preyed on in an alleyway, has been branded “highly dangerous” by a judge.

Faizan Mujahid, 18, was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act by the Honorary Recorder of Bradford, Judge Stephen Gullick yesterday.

Judge Gullick told him: “You represent a serious risk to members of the public, particularly women. When that risk will be reduced is a matter of some conjecture.”

He added: “I am satisfied there remains a risk of you committing further offences of this nature.”

Judge Gullick made a restriction order, for the protection of the public, detaining Mujahid at a secure hospital. He would only be released when, and if, hospital authorities regarded him as no longer a risk.

Prosecutor Michelle Colborne told Bradford Crown Court the 46-year-old victim had Huntington’s Chorea, a brain disorder, which affected her movement and speech. She was making her way home from a garage, off Barkerend Road, Bradford, at 3am on August 25 last year, when she encountered Mujahid.

Miss Colborne said Mujahid was forceful and determined, and his victim was incapable of resisting his attack. He then stole her cash for cigarettes.

The woman raised the alarm with her daughter later that day.

DNA linked Mujahid, of Maidstone Street, Bradford Moor, to the offences. He pleaded guilty to two charges of rape.

Miss Colborne said Mujahid had been detained under the Mental Health Act and transferred from a young offender institution to a secure hospital.

Dr Prakesh Raviraj, who has been caring for him, said it was evident from his behaviour that he was dangerous to the public.

Sophie Drake, mitigating, said as soon as Mujahid became fit to plead he did so.

She added: “It would be easy, hearing the awful facts of this case, to think that the person who perpetrated this must be some sort of monster. What the defendant is – and has been for some time – is ill.”

Judge Gullick said the effects of the events had been devastating for the victim and her family.

He said Mujahid should be the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to protect her and ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.

After the case Detective Superintendent Andy Brennan, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “CCTV footage showed there was a man loitering in the area.

“He appeared to be waiting for something, and we now know that was our victim.”

The victim’s daughter said: “This has had a devastating effect on our family. My mum’s condition has deteriorated a lot since the attack and she has become very withdrawn and can’t leave the house alone.”

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