Former Rotherham taxi driver who sexually abused girls jailed again

Former Rotherham taxi driver who sexually abused girls jailed again

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Image description, Adam Ali, formerly known as Razwan Razaq, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday

A former taxi driver who used his car to abuse children as young as 12 has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Adam Ali, formerly known as Razwan Razaq, targeted vulnerable girls in Rotherham between 2002 and 2004.

In May, a jury at Sheffield Crown Court found Ali, 43, of Washington Road, Sheffield, guilty of four counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against two victims.

Ali, who was released from prison in 2023 for various sexual offenses, is also subject to a 15-year sexual violence prevention injunction.

In 2010, Ali was sentenced to 11 years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child.

After serving his sentence, he was transferred back to prison in 2021 and released in April 2023.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Ali was arrested just a month later after officials were informed of his intention to travel to Pakistan.

He was arrested on Tuesday as part of Operation Stovewood – the NCA’s investigation into child sexual abuse and exploitation outside the family in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

Stuart Cobb, NCA senior investigator, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victims in this case who have shown tremendous courage in coming forward and telling their stories.”

“They have had experiences that no child should ever have to go through and I hope that the verdict at least gives them a sense that justice has been done.”

Liz Fell, special prosecutor, said Ali “specifically targeted” his victims because he believed he could exploit them.

“Based on their evidence, we were able to obtain a conviction and bring the abuser to justice,” she said.

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