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Koran teacher found guilty of sex abuse

An 81-year-old former koran teacher has been found guilty of a number of child sex abuse offences.

Sadiq, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, was found guilty of 14 child sex offences but cleared of one count of indecent assault Credit: Wales News

Mohammed Haji Sadiq taught children at the Madina mosque in Cathays, Cardiff, until the building burned down in 2006.

The offences happened over a ten year period.

Sadiq, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, was found guilty of 14 child sex offences but cleared of one count of indecent assault at Cardiff Crown Court.

He denied denied targeting girls aged between five and eleven.

He will be sentenced later.

These women have shown remarkable courage in coming forward to speak about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Mohammed Haj Saddique when they were young girls.

Saddique was a respected figure in the community with considerable influence and power which makes the bravery of his victims all the more admirable.

The evidence given by these women meant the prosecution was able to present a compelling case to the jury, resulting in the guilty verdicts returned today.

– Mike Jenkin, CPS

Sadiq betrayed his position of trust and subjected his victims to abuse over a prolonged period of time. He preyed on vulnerable children and abused them for his own gratification. His actions will have had a severe effect on his victims and they will need support to overcome what has happened to them. The NSPCC runs a number of services supporting the victims of abuse and helping them to rebuild their lives. Anyone effected by this case or who wants further information can contact the NSPCC’s dedicated helpline on 0808 800 5000 quoting Operation Pyrenees.

– NSPCC Spokesperson

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