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A psychopath has been given a life sentence for the "savage" and "sadistic" murder of a four-year-old boy who was attacked as he slept.
The judge heard how the girl was made pregnant by father-of-two Miskeen and later chose to have a termination.
He told the defendant: "You befriended her, effectively groomed her into having a relationship with you and your intention was to have sexual intercourse with her."
He heard that Miskeen had a string of previous convictions, including for robbery, assault and dangerous driving, but none were for sexual offences.
The judge said he was given a community order in 2012 for punching his partner and he was in breach of this order at the time of the offence against the girl.
He said Miskeen would be on the sex offenders register for life.
"You have not shown one iota of remorse or regret for what you did," Judge Bartfield said. "Your only regret is for the circumstances you now find yourself in."
The judge gave Miskeen the maximum sentence possible for this category of offence.
Adam Pemberton, assistant chief executive of Victim Support, said:
"It is utterly shameful that any vulnerable witness let alone a child who has been the victim of sustained sexual exploitation could be treated in such a grotesque and, frankly, degrading manner by those who are supposed to be protecting her.
"The spectacle of a child spending the hours before she gives evidence against her abuser locked up in cells at a police station and at court is nothing short of Dickensian and must never be allowed to happen again.
"This victim needed to be supported not criminalised and her treatment underlines how critical it is that the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts understand and prioritise the needs of vulnerable victims and witnesses."
The judge said his comments were not intended to be critical of the girl "who was plainly driven by strong emotions".
He said: "The police and CPS, both of whom are under a duty of care to their witnesses, felt that there was no alternative but to apply for warrants of arrest for all of them, including (the girl).
"I pointed out that this could lead to the overnight detention of this complainant in a police station, which I wished to avoid."
"Other alternative ways of dealing with this were examined, including the delaying of the warrant until Thursday, but the officer in the case felt that this would not procure the attendance of the witness."
The judge said: "This was a serious allegation of sexual abuse. There is a strong public interest in proceeding to trial in such a case and I was not prepared to have it subverted."
Judge Bartfield said: "Unhappily, (the girl) spent the night in a police station and was produced in custody at court which no judge would like to see."
He explained that she had to spend a further four hours in the cells at court until it was time for her give evidence.
"I explained to (the girl) the reasons for her detention and my regret that there had been no alternative."
She appeared to understand and said she was sorry.
"She struck me as giving evidence as calm and clear in what she had to say."I believe that the interests of justice have been served despite the 'cost' to which I have referred."
Judge Bartfield made a statement explaining his actions.
He said: "When the case was called on, no witnesses were present, including the complainant, a 15-year-old girl, described a vulnerable.
"I granted an application by (the prosecutor) for a warrant for arrest of those witnesses after a full hearing, which is now a matter of public record.
"Some concern has been expressed about this but there needs to be a fuller understanding of what took place."
"Without her evidence the trial would have collapsed."
He said the girl had been allowed out for a cigarette as she waited for the delayed trial to begin on Wednesday last week.
"It was thought that she still harboured strong feeling for the defendant," he said.
"She absconded and her whereabouts were not known.
"Her contact with other witnesses led the prosecution to believe she was seeking to influence them."
A judge has defended his decision to order a 15-year-old sex abuse victim to be locked up overnight when she disappeared from court saying: "Those who decry the process that has taken place in this case should be careful what they wish for."
Judge Robert Bartfield was speaking as he sentenced Abid Miskeen, 32, to seven years in prison for sexual activity with a child at Bradford Crown Court today.
Miskeen was convicted yesterday by a jury that heard evidence from the girl, who was 14-years-old when Miskeen had sex with her in June 2013.
Earlier in the three-day trial, the girl disappeared when she was supposed to give evidence following a delay in the case.
Judge Bartfield agreed to a request from prosecutors to have the girl and other absent witnesses arrested by police and detained until she gave her evidence the next day.
He acknowledged "some concern has been expressed about this". But sentencing Miskeen today, the judge said to him: "What's plain is that had she not been present to give evidence, you would have walked free from the court last Thursday."
The judge said that although the girl was technically a prosecution witness, she was required to be at court as part of the defence case and Miskeen could not have had a fair trial without her evidence.
The judge explained that the girl supported Miskeen's argument that he did not know she was under 16 but, on the jury's verdict, she was lying to protect him.
He said: "The suggestion she was in some way forced into the witness box by the prosecution to give evidence on their behalf is wholly misconceived."
Charlotte Kenny, defending, confirmed that if prosecutors had not produced the complainant to give evidence, she would have made submissions that Miskeen could not have had a fair trial.
Judge Bartfield said: "For better or worse that's the way our system works."
A disabled cheerleading group from Bradford, who were crowd world champions 3 years ago, say a lack of funds means they can't afford to compete in the European championships in Paris in three weeks time.
The Jewels have already raised over £12,000 for the cost of the trip but are short by £8,000. They are now hoping the cash can be found and the trip can go ahead.
The team is made up of 17 members, age between 20 and 59.
For some of the group, the trip would be their first time abroad, and the chance to show off their talents in front of thousands.
Roy Hodgson has lashed out at the 10,000 people who have signed up to a petition calling for former Bradford City youth player Tom Cleverley to be excluded from England's World Cup squad.
Cleverley has come in for strong criticism this season for his performances for Manchester United, but the midfielder remains a regular in the national set-up.
One England fan - Glenn McConnell from Blackpool - took exception to Cleverley's latest call-up last month when he launched an online petition calling for the 24-year-old to be "banned" from the World Cup.
McConnell hit out at Hodgson for handing the "inept" Cleverley 13 caps when the midfielder, in his opinion, does not possess "any genuine qualities whatsoever".
Over 10,000 people have signed up to the cause online. Some of them have left derogatory comments on the webpage that hosts the petition - something that England manager Hodgson is not happy about at all.
Cleverley himself said recently he was annoyed at being a scapegoat for United's recent troubles.
The re-emergence of Jordan Henderson has cast doubt on whether Cleverley will make the 23-man squad for Brazil.
But Hodgson refuses to ditch the Manchester United midfielder, who played the first nine games in England's World Cup qualifying campaign.
Gas engineers are continuing to work to restore gas supplies to properties in the Canal Road area of Bradford, after a burst water main disrupted supply over the weekend.
The leak resulted in water getting into a two mile long gas pipe, cutting off 163 homes and 50 businesses.
Thirty-three homes and ten businesses have had their supply restored.
Northern Gas say they have already pumped 100,000 litres of water out of the pipe but are having to contend with large quantities of silt and rubble, carried by the escaped water, which are causing blockages on the gas pipe.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was killed in a crash in Bradford. Nasreen Bibi, who was 56, was taken to hospital after the collision involving a Vauxhall Zafira. She died later in hospital. The accident happened around 9am on Tuesday February 18 on Church Street.
– PC Kerry Gibson, West Yorkshire police
"At the time of the collision we know that the 620 bus stopped opposite just past the junction with Carlise Road. There were passengers getting on and off this bus, which was travelling towards Manningham and it is possible that someone might have seen what happened."
Police are appealing for help to find a missing Bradford University student. Aamir 'Eric' Qudeer, 20, was last seen on Wednesday February 26th at Leeds train station. Police believe Aamir took a train to Liverpool and arrived there around 6pm.
"I would appeal to Aamir or anyone who sees him to get in contact with police on 101"
Detective Inspector Alan Flynn, West Yorkshire Police