THE teenage son of Rotherham child sex abuse gang member Qurban Ali has been handed a community order after being found guilty of witness intimidation.
Kaleem Ali (18), of Clough Road, Masborough, appeared at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court last month where he denied the offence but was found guilty after trial.
The court heard how Ali approached a child sexual exploitation victim, who gave evidence in the recent crown court trial, in Rotherham in March last year.
Ali’s 53-year-old father was jailed in February for ten years after being found guilty of conspiracy to rape.
Kaleem Ali was given a 12-month community order, a curfew and was electronically tagged at a sentencing hearing at Rotherham Magistrates' Court today.
He was also given a restraining order which prevents him from having contact with the victim for three years, and ordered to pay costs of £360.
Det Const Carly Booth, investigating officer, said: “I really hope this successful conviction offers further reassurance to victims that we take offences of this nature incredibly seriously.
“Trying to scare or intimidate witnesses will absolutely not be tolerated and we will do whatever we can to bring these individuals before the courts.”