Sheffield rapist who had been evading justice has finally been caged

A Sheffield rapist who had been evading justice has finally been caged after he applied for a passport while he was in the Netherlands.

By Jon Cooper
Friday, 23rd April 2021, 7:15 pm

Sheffield Crown Court heard on April 23 during a sentencing hearing how Adam Malik, aged 35, formerly of Page Hall Road, Sheffield, was wanted for two counts of rape against a teenager when he was tracked down after applying for a passport while he was in the Netherlands.

Peter Hampton QC, prosecuting, told the court Malik had known the complainant was already a vulnerable abuse victim when he and others abused her in 2010 when she was new to the Sheffield area.

Malik raped the girl twice – orally and vaginally – during a one-hour incident in 2010 when she was 15-years-old, according to the court, and he was convicted earlier this month by a trial jury of both offences.

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Pictured is Adam Malik, aged 35, formerly of Paige Hall Road, Sheffield, who has been sentenced to 14 years and nine months of custody after he was found guilty of two counts of rape and admitted intimidation, handling stolen goods and failing to surrender to custody.

Judge Michael Slater told Malik: “In 2010, she arrived in Sheffield lonely and friendless having been rejected by her family and was already a victim of sexual abuse at a very young age and harboured thoughts of suicide.”

He added: “She was an extremely vulnerable and troubled young girl.”

Judge Slater said that at that time she became reliant on alcohol and drugs and she was exploited and abused by others as well as Malik.

Mr Hampton said the complainant has been linked to and given evidence at three separate trials and other defendants have been convicted after those trials.

She stated she had been a victim of child sexploitation and the impact of that abuse has been devastating leaving her with post-traumatic stress disorder and an emotional personality disorder.

She added: “I was determined to have my voice heard because I need closure and need to live a normal life and be a normal mother and feel a sense of pride and dignity something these men tried to take away from me.”

Malik, who has previous convictions, also pleaded guilty to intimidating a female police officer with abusive email messages linked to his time in the Netherlands while he had been wanted during police enquiries.

He also admitted handling stolen goods after a handbag had been stolen from a woman by another offender and Malik also admitted failing to surrender to custody.

Trevor Parry-Jones, defending, said both rapes occurred during a one-hour incident and contraception has been used.

Mr Parry-Jones added Malik had begun to live a chaotic lifestyle after he had been assaulted and he had had his throat slashed in 2010 and he was using cannabis, was drinking alcohol and was taking cocaine.

Malik was located in Amsterdam in April, 2015, when he applied for his passport and began sending abusive emails asking why the police were looking for him, according to Mr Parry-Jones.

Judge Slater sentenced Malik to 14 years and nine months of custody. Malik was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order and he must comply indefinitely with sex offender notification requirements.

Following the hearing, Judge Slater complimented the complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, for her strength and bravery and he told her he had the utmost respect for her.

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