A CHILD rapist from Bradford who offered to pay his schoolgirl victim's family money to drop the case and leave the country has been jailed for 13 years.Police branded 64-year-old Tariq Syed "evil" after a Bradford Crown Court jury found him guilty of rape and perverting the course of justice.
The rape of the Bradford schoolgirl was reported to police in September 2014 and suspect Syed arrested a short time later. He denied the offence and was bailed pending further enquiries.
Syed, of Pemberton Drive, Bradford, was arrested again the following month after the victim's family claimed he had offered them money to return to leave the country.
He was bailed with conditions not to approach the family and later charged with both offences.
But just as the trial was due to get underway at court in August last year, the victim and her family unexpectedly left the UK.
Concerned that proceedings may not go ahead if the victim and her mother refused to attend court, Detective Constable Charlotte Grose and Detective Sergeant Amanda Middleton flew out to the country to make sure arrangements were in place for them to give evidence via a video link.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, said: "Syed was an evil man who thought that by throwing money at the family he would get them to drop the case against him.
"We are delighted at the sentence he has received and hope it will give the victim and her family some closure.
ELYRIA, Ohio -- A Lorain man captured after he fled his child rape trial was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.
Devante Gibbs, 24, has indicated that he intends to appeal Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery's sentence.
"Devante and I are disappointed in regards to that sentence, although we aren't entirely surprised because of the facts that were given at the trial," Gibbs' attorney, Brian Darling, said. "Devante maintains his innocence and looks forward to appealing his conviction."
A jury found him guilty Feb. 10 on charges of rape, kidnapping, felonious assault and endangering children, according to court records. The verdict was read even though Gibbs was nowhere to be found.
Gibbs, his family and his attorney, Brian Darling, were outside the courtroom before the jury announced its verdict. Gibbs told his family that he was going outside to have a cigarette.
He was on bond during the trial and not in custody, so he was free to come and go as he pleased. When the jury did announce it had reached its verdict, Gibbs' mother told Darling she couldn't find her son.
Deputies and police searched the Lorain County Justice Center to no avail.
A judge issued a warrant for his arrest that day and U.S. Marshals captured him eight days later near Los Angeles.
Gibbs was accused of raping a 2-year-old child, and according to Chronicle Telegram reports that during Gibbs' sentencing hearing he testified that he didn't sexually assault the child while babysitting her in September 2013.
He was accused of placing her in a tub of hot water to destroy DNA evidence.
Nick Hanek, who will represent Gibbs during his appeal process, declined to comment until he can look at the case.
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