Elderly Luton man jailed for historic child sex abuse

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An elderly man from Luton has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of historic child sex abuse.

Farouk Kootbaully, 71, of Wigmore Lane was the first defendant in UK history to stand trial via video link from his home due to ill health.

Kootbaully’s abuse started when his victim was aged just eight. Over three years Kootbaully inflicted “sickening” abuse on her, including sexual touching.

Det Con Sharon Ellis said: “I applaud the strength and bravery of the victim in coming to the police, having carried this terrible burden of abuse for the past 15 years.

“We hope this sentence helps to bring some closure to her suffering.”

Kootbaully never admitted guilt for the offences but was convicted on May 5 after a jury unanimously found him guilty of all eight counts.

On Thursday, Kootbaully was handed sentences at Luton Crown Court totalling 10 years behind bars. He was also given a sexual harm prevention order and restraining order.

Bedfordshire Police have already moved him out of his home address and into HMP Bedford.

Despite Kootbaully’s illness, the court and medical experts judged he was mentally fit to stand trial. Temporary internet access was fitted to his home via a live-link facility to his bed. Beds Police stated it was the first time in the UK that technology had been used to allow a defendant to stand trial at home.

DC Ellis added: “This could well set a precedent for other courts in the UK in similar circumstances.

“This case should send a clear message that we, the police, and the judicial system will pursue justice for all victims regardless of how old, ill or frail any suspect may be.

“Abuse has a ripple effect on many people linked both to victims and offenders, and I would like to thank those with close links to this case for their dignity and consideration throughout this long and complex investigation.”