Man jailed for assaulting boy in woods and in a mosque

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A man has been jailed after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a boy in woods and then later in a mosque.

The boy’s father went looking for him when he was late home one evening in 2013.

The youngster revealed what had happened after his father found with 24-year-old Fhaim Bhayat.

Bhayat, of Dale Street, Thornhill Lees, was found guilty by a jury earlier this month of five charges of sexual assault.

Prosecutor David Gordon said the incidents began in the summer of 2013.

The 11-year-old boy was on his way home one day and saw Bhayat, whom he knew, riding a bike.

Bhayat told him to get on the bike and he rode to nearby woods with the defendant running alongside him. Once there Bhayat assaulted him.

Similar assaults took place in the woods on two other occasions, and on the later date the boy was also walked to a mosque in Dewsbury and taken into a room where he was alone with Bhayat.

When there was knock at the door, Bhayat told the boy to sit up and read a Holy book. He then went to the door and found the boy’s father looking for him.

The boy revealed at home what had happened on that day and the previous occasions.

Bhayat was confronted about them but denied anything had happened.

He claimed none of the incidents had taken place and that others had been in the mosque at the time alleged assault.

Tim Capstick, representing Bhayat, said he would find time in prison extremely hard but his family were standing by him.

Jailing Bhayat for two years last Friday, Judge Neil Clark said: “You took advantage of this boy after threatening him not to say anything and the offences only came to light because his father found you alone with him in darkness at the mosque.

“What you did has had a significant effect on an innocent young boy.”

Bhayat was also ordered to register as sex offender for 10 years.

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