Nelson sex offender back before court

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A man convicted of abducting a schoolgirl when he was a teenager left the country while on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Bilal Ahmed, now 26, went to Holland without telling the police. He also did not tell officers about a change of address within seven days, Burnley magistrates heard.

Ahmed was placed on the register almost seven years ago at Burnley Crown Court, after admitting sexual activity with a child, abduction and taking an indecent photo of a child. Before magistrates this week Ahmed, of Cliffe Street, Nelson, admitted two counts of failing to comply with notification requirements of the Register, on November 1st and 12th. He was bailed to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced on January 25th.

The justices were told there had been a previous breach of the requirements and the crown court order had three months left to run.

Ahmed was spared jail in 2009 after he “ abducted” a 14-year-old and filmed her performing a sex act on him. He handed in the footage to the police.

Ahmed, aged 18 when the offences took place in September 2008, knew the girl was under 16, but did not stop her advances in any way. She and Ahmed spent all night in a vehicle and ended up in a remote location, where the sexual activity took place.

Ahmed had been given six months in youth custody, suspended for two years, with 12 months’ supervision and 200 hours unpaid work.