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Mosque teacher jailed for child abuse gets sentence cut by four years

A former imam at a Cardiff mosque who was jailed for sexually abusing children has had his sentence cut by four years.

Mohammed Haji Sadiq, 81, targeted girls, aged between five and 11 during religious classes between 1996 and 2006.

He was jailed for 13 years in July.

Despite failing to overturn his conviction appeal judges cut his sentence to nine years - ruling his original term was too long.

Mr Sadiq had denied the charges against him

"The sentence in this case was manifestly excessive."

"It's excessive by quite some margin upon the circumstances of this case which involved non penetrative touching."

– Carole Rees defending

Appeal judges sitting at Cardiff Crown Court cut Sadiq's sentence from 13 to nine years but said the conviction would stand.

We are in no doubt the convictions are safe.

We agree that given all the circumstances of the overall sentence of 13 years was manifestly excessive.

– Ian Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Sadiq, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, taught at Cardiff's Medina Mosque for 36 years.

He denied seven counts of indecent assault of a girl under 14, and eight counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching.

He was found guilty of all charges apart from being cleared of one charge of indecent assault.

A statement from one of his victims said: "I have had nightmares waking up in the night, and it can only be described as feeling unsafe."

Sadiq said that he was the victim of a conspiracy within the mosque.

Judge Stephen Hopkins QC said at his sentencing: "Beneath that veneer there is a darker and deviant side to you which this trial has exposed."