NSPCC welcomes 28 year jail term

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Child protection charity the NSPCC haswelcomed the 28 year extended prison sentence given to Ahmed Jaral on Monday at Luton Crown Court.

Jaral was jailed for his ‘long campaign’ of sexual abuse against five victims in Luton.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “Ahmed Jaral’s crimes were depraved and horrifying. He exploited children and forced them to endure the most horrendous forms of abuse.

“The scale of the abuse is truly appalling and we know how devastating and long lasting the impact on the victims has been.

“His 28 year extended prison sentence should send out a strong message to those who seek to abuse children for their own gratification.

“Child protection is everyone’s responsibility. We must all be alert to signs of a child’s distress and responsible enough to act on our concerns without hesitation.”

Jaral, aged 45, was convicted at the end of a trial in January of sex offences involving five victims.

Passing sentence on Jaral, a married man of Grange Avenue in Luton, Judge Michael Kay QC told him: “This was a long campaign of physical and sexual abuse against helpless individuals.”

During his trial the jury heard Jaral had committed offences on three of his victims, a young girl and two young boys in the 1980s and the 1990s.

Two other victims were attacked in the 1990s.

The offences had been committed at a number of addresses in Luton and one young girl had been assaulted while in his car.

Jaral was found guilty of three offences of buggery, three offences of indecent assault, three offences of attempting to commit buggery and four offences of indecent assault on a male person.

His victims had been aged between five and into their early teens.

The NSPCC aims to help protect children from abuse through its ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ campaign which will be rolled out from April.

Visits to schools will be made across Bedfordshire to teach kids how to stay safe from abuse.

Basically, it spells out what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour and what children can do about it.

There is more detail here www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout

Said a spokesman: “The NSPCC aims to help protect children from abuse through its ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ campaign or by urging them to contact its round-the-clock service, ChildLine on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk.”