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Former Rotherham peer jailed for five-and-a-half years today for historic child sex abuse

Lord Nazir Ahmed has been jailed today for historic child sexual abuse in the 1970s.

The former Labour peer Lord Nazir Ahmed has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after being convicted of child sex offences dating back to the 1970s.

Lord Ahmed, 64, was found guilty last month of attempting to rape a young girl when he was a teenager four decades ago.

Former Rotherham peer Lord Ahmed was jailed today for five-and-a-half years today for historic child sex abuse.

A woman, who cannot be named due to the nature of the crime, told a jury at Sheffield Crown Court that he had tried to rape her twice in the early 1970s when the defendant was about 16 or 17-years-old but she was younger.

The 64-year-old was also found guilty of a serious sexual assault against a boy under 11 during the same period.

The former Lord Ahmed of Rotherham had denied the charges, calling them a “malicious fiction”, but a phone recording of a conversation between the two victims in 2016 showed they were not “made-up”.

Lord Ahmed who was found guilty last month, was handed a two-year sentence for the offence against the girl and a three-and-a-half-year term – to run consecutively – for the offence against the boy, for a total of five-and-a-half-years.

The judge, Mr Justice Lavender, said the offences were “so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified”.

He said: “Your actions have had profound and lifelong effects on the girl and the boy, who have lived with what you did to them for between 46 and 53 years.

“The statements which they have made express more eloquently than I ever could how your actions have affected and continue to affect their lives in so many different and damaging ways.”

Lord Ahmed was charged along with his two older brothers, Mohammed Farouq, 71, and Mohammed Tariq, 65, but both were deemed unfit to stand trial.

The two older brothers had faced charges of indecent assault against the same boy abused by Lord Ahmed. Despite the two men not facing trial, jurors concluded that they did commit the alleged acts after hearing evidence in the case.

Both men were given absolute discharges after the judge said the only other two options – a hospital order or a supervision order – would not be appropriate in this case.

Lord Ahmed resigned from the House of Lords in November 2020 after reading a report which found he sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman who sought his help.

Although Lord Ahmed resigned from the House of Lords, departing peers retain their titles for life despite no longer having access to parliament or debates. There have been calls for him to be stripped of his title but this would require an Act of Parliament but none currently exists.

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