A man jailed for ten years for abusing young girls in Rotherham has been handed an additional 45 months in prison for witness intimidation after trolling one of his victims on Facebook and Twitter.
Waseem Khaliq, 35, also made a phone call from prison to the National Crime Agency control centre threatening two of the investigating officers.
He said he knew where one of them lived, was close to finding out the address of the other, and hoped they died of cancer or AIDS.
Khaliq was convicted of indecent assault and child abduction at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 28 August as part of Operation Stovewood – the NCA’s investigation into allegations of abuse and exploitation in Rotherham.
Today (Monday 16 September) at the same court he was sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of witness intimidation.
The first count relates to a Facebook account Khaliq set up after he was charged.
He used the false name ‘Andros Simpson’ and claimed to be an investigative journalist looking into what was happening in Rotherham.
He then used the account to make a series of allegations about one of his victims, claiming she was lying and had only agreed to give evidence after the NCA offered her cash and a new house.
He also used the account to contact a number of associates of the victim.
The NCA contacted Facebook and had the account closed down, but similar posts continued to be made on other Facebook and Twitter accounts.
These ceased when Khaliq was remanded into custody in March 2019.
The other two counts relate to threatening the two NCA officers investigating the abuse allegations against him.
NCA senior investigating officer Phillip Marshall said:
“Through his vindictive campaign of social media trolling Khaliq only compounded the suffering his victims had already gone through.
“They showed extreme bravery in coming forward and continuing to give evidence despite this, and I once again pay tribute to them.
“Our investigation has been victim focused throughout, and this conviction demonstrates that we will not tolerate attempts to intimidate victims or our officers who work with them.”
Lynne Owens, Director General of the NCA, tweeted:
“His willingness to continue the abuse of a victim & to threaten our officers is concerning.
“Please to see the seriousness recognised by the justice process”.