Halifax man accused of grooming girl in court over bail breach

Calderdale Magistrates Court
Calderdale Magistrates Court

A Halifax man accused of having sex with an under-age girl has appeared in court for breaching his bail conditions.

Sikander Malik, 30, appeared before Calderdale Magistrates’ yesterday (Monday) after failing to report to Halifax Police Station on Saturday - a breach of his conditional bail.

Malik is one of 25 men currently awaiting trial over various sex offences relating to a girl in Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16. He denies the charge against him.

And as part of the terms of his bail, Malik must report to Halifax Police Station between 5pm and 6pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

But Malik missed his appointment on Saturday because, according to his solicitor, he overslept due to the strong tranquillisers he is taking.

When Malik, who is unemployed, did wake up on Sunday morning he called Halifax Police Station where he was told to report to immediately, his solicitor said, When he arrived at the station he was arrested for breaching his bail and remanded into custody.

As it was Malik’s first breach, Miss Anne Gilchrist, who chaired the Magistrates bench, decided against remanding him in custody.

But she did reject a request to extend Malik’s bail conditions to give him a greater window in which to report to the police station.

Therefore under the terms of his bail, Malik must live at a fixed address - which the Halifax Courier can not report for legal reasons - report to Halifax Police Station between 5pm and 6pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and not contact the complainant.

Miss Gilchrist added: “You’re granted bail with conditions to appear before Leeds Crown Court at a date to be advised. If you don’t go back to court on that date you may commit another offence for which you will be arrested, fined or even sent to prison. If you commit another offence while on bail your sentence will be greater.”

During the hearing it also emerged that one of Malik’s co-accused - who was not named - has been remanded in custody for continuous breaches of his bail.