A ‘highly respected’ Islamic preacher who raped and sexually assaulted a young girl inside the mosque where he taught children has avoided jail because he is suffering from dementia.
Khandaker Mohammed Rahman, 67, went unpunished for more than a decade after his victim, who was raped in a washroom in 2005, stopped attending the religious centre in South Wales in a bid to escape his clutches.
The grandfather-of-three was finally brought to justice when she recognised him in a YouTube video 13 years later and shopped him to police, who arrested him at Heathrow Airport.
However his trial in 2020 was twice abandoned due to illness and Covid – when a juror tested positive for the disease, forcing the jury to be dismissed – before he suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with onset dementia.
He was declared unfit to appear in the dock at his third trial this year, where a jury at Swansea Crown Court ruled that he did rape a girl under the age of 13 and sexually assaulted her…