Halifax pharmacist’s career “decimated” after he touched teenage girl’s leg

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A qualified pharmacist and charity worker has had his career “decimated” following a conviction for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

A judge today (Wednesday) imposed a two-year conditional discharge on Halifax man Adil Mahmood after saying that the 27-year-old had already suffered “immense punishment” for a few moments of madness.

Mahmood, who had no previous convictions, had touched the 15-year-old complainant’s leg twice after picking her up in his white Audi A3 and driving to the Queensbury area.

The defendant was arrested after a local resident was woken by shouting and screaming.

Mahmood, of Conway Street, had denied the two sexual assault charges during a trial at Bradford Crown Court last month, but the jury found him guilty.

He was cleared on a further allegation of causing the teenager actual bodily harm.

During Mahmood’s sentencing hearing before Judge David Hatton QC it emerged that the defendant had now been removed from the register of pharmacists and his barrister Christopher Dunn described the guilty verdicts as “a life altering conviction”.

The offences took place back in April 2014 and Judge Hatton said he was entirely satisfied that the incident had been wholly out of character.

“You are an intelligent, and from what I have read, a respectable young man who has performed and continues to perform very good works,” the judge told Mahmood.

“You are a qualified pharmacist and in all respects a positive member of society.

“On the 14th of April 2014, approaching two years ago, on the finding of the jury you engaged in a few moments of madness which I am satisfied were entirely out of character and which were probably brought on by drink.”

The judge said since the offending Mahmood had continued his positive lifestyle.

Judge Hatton described the incident as “momentary and fleeting” and said there was no evidence before him to suggest any lasting harm had been caused

The court heard that in the 2013 Mahmood had been involved in aid work with a charity convoy to Syria, which had featured in a BBC documentary.

Mr Dunn said his client was no longer able to do that sort of charity work because of conviction and his pharmacy career had been devastated.

Judge Hatton told Mahmood that he had suffered very severe punishment already by the loss of his good name and being removed from the pharmacists’ register.

“Your chosen career has, as a consequence of these few fleeting moments, been decimated,” said the judge.

The judge said he was departing from the sentencing guidelines by imposing the two-year conditional discharge and he also declined to make a sexual harm prevention order.

Mahmood will however have to register as a sex offend with the police for the next two years.