A SEXUAL deviant who subjected a teenage girl to a campaign of “systematic rape” over three years has been jailed for more than 11 years.

Balkar Singh, 39, was told he posed a “serious risk” to the public despite his claims he felt “genuine remorse” for his actions.

Prosecutor Louise Reevell told Bradford Crown Court that Singh had pleaded guilty to three charges of rape and two of attempted rape prior to yesterday’s sentencing hearing.

The offences took place between July 2014 and March of this year, with Singh arrested when his actions were reported to police on March 15.

Mrs Reevell said Singh would try to force himself on the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and would hit and threaten her if sex did not take place.

Kitty Colley, for Singh, of Ayresome Oval, Allerton, Bradford, said her client had shown remorse and an “insight into what he had done” via his guilty pleas, stating his admission could be a “turning point for his rehabilitation”.

She said: “The defendant comes from a community where his standing and reputation is now shattered. When he is released, he will have to pick up from the beginning.”

Judge Jonathan Rose told Singh he was guilty of the “vile abuse” of the girl.

He said: “She would cry, although her pain and tears never caused you to stop.

“You used threats to enable you to continue offending against this child.

“These offences were committed for your self-gratification because you told yourself this is what I need to do, so this is what I will do.

“I utterly reject this as an explanation or justification of your actions.

“This abuse came to an end only because you were caught and arrested, not because you made a decision to stop.

“Your vile abuse would have continued unabated. You offended on many occasions over a protracted period of time.

“The true consequences, psychologically, to the victim may not be known for some time.”

On the issue of dangerousness, Judge Rose said he agreed with an assertion made in a pre-sentence report by the probation service stating that “Mr Singh appeared to minimise the significance of his offending".

He said he was “satisfied” that Singh would have continued to offend had the girl not had the “bravery” to report him.

He told Singh: “You currently fail to acknowledge that you have a deviant sexual interest in children. The court’s fear that this interest continues significantly contributes to my finding that you pose a danger to the public.”

Singh was jailed for a total of 11 years and eight months, and told he would serve an extended sentence with a licence period of five years.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender for life, and was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.