BLACKBURN: A man who narrowly avoided jail for kissing a teenage girl has been banned from entering a park. Shaukat Zaman, 32, from Blackburn, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after he was found guilty by a jury of sexual assault. He was cleared of a second count of sexual assault involving a 13-year-old girl at an earlier trial.
The court heard how Zaman, approached a 15-year-old girl who was in school uniform while she was sitting on a bench with her boyfriend in Corporation Park in October 2015. He started a conversation with the pair before taking the girl’s hand and kissing it. He then tried to convince the couple to kiss in front of him.
A victim impact statement, read out in court by Jane Dagnall, prosecuting, outlined how the incident had a profound effect on the girl, who was due to sit her mock GCSE exams shortly after the attack.
The victim said: “When the incident happened I was completing important coursework and I received lower than expected exam results.
“I feel that what happened has really affected me both emotionally and socially.
“I was upset and distressed, and I’m now always looking over my shoulder. I’m scared when I go out and I’m not comfortable with leaving the house alone. I now wish to put this all behind me. I never want to see the man again.”
Sentencing Zaman, Judge Simon Medland QC said he acknowledged the impact that the incident had on the life and exam results of the girl.
He said: “This incident has had a significant effect on her and upset her preparation for important exams.”
He sentenced Zaman to do 200 hours of unpaid work. A curfew was imposed and the judge banned him from entering Corporation Park in Blackburn for five years. Judge Medland said: ” If you are found in the park you could be arrested and face jail.” He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.