BBC News—A woman who worked in social services has been jailed for attempting to derail a grooming trial.
Receptionist Mahdiya Khan accessed a computer database 60 times to get details of a child sex victim.
She was jailed for eight months, but details have only just emerged. Three men have also been found guilty of interfering in the case.
Mohammed Imran Amjad, 26, was earlier jailed for four years and three months after he admitted abusing a child.
Five others were cleared of rape, sexual assault and child abduction at Burnley Crown Court in April.
Detectives realised Amjad's girlfriend, Mahdiya Khan, had tried to undermine the case. She was a receptionist working for Lancashire County Council social services in Burnley.
They found she accessed a confidential database 60 times over 15 days to find details of the witness and her family.
The county council said she was immediately suspended and dismissed.
A spokesman said: "When this security breach came to light, the advice from our data protection team was that no further practical steps could have been taken to prevent it from having occurred."
Three other people connected to Amjad had also attempted to interfere with the case.
His cousin Waqas Khalid threatened to rape the victim and her mother. His friend Qasim Hussain persuaded her to change her statement. His brother, Furqan Amjad, contacted the victim 350 times.
Furqan Amjad was jailed for 15 months. Khalid was fined £300 and Hussain will be sentenced next week. (Continue Reading.)
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Muslim Social Services Worker Jailed for Trying to Derail Rape-Gang Trial
If someone I knew were guilty of abusing a little girl, I can't imagine myself obstructing justice in an attempt to derail the case. But when a girl came forward against Mohammed Imran Amjad and several other Muslim men, four members of the local Muslim community (one of whom was a social services worker) sprang into action . . . to protect Amjad and others from prosecution.