Uncle snares Sheffield pervert in tram stop sting

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An angry uncle went ‘undercover’ to catch a Sheffield pervert who offered to pay his young niece for sex over Facebook.

Posing as a teenage girl online, the uncle tricked Amjed Taher Al-Badran into meeting him at a tram stop – and then lay in wait until he showed up.

When the 42-year-old arrived, police were called and detectives later discovered he had contacted nearly 200 South Yorkshire schoolgirls over Facebook in an attempt to get sex.

Sheffield Crown Court today heard Al-Badran, a chemistry PhD student, of Langsett Estate, Hillsborough, had used two different Facebook profiles to send messages of a sexual nature to young girls.

One of his targets was a 13-year-old girl, to whom he sent indecent pictures and suggestive messages, while claiming he was 18.

Paul O’Shea, prosecuting, said the girl’s uncle became involved when he visited his sister and her daughter was acting in a ‘strange manner’.

He said: “He asked her what was wrong. Eventually she brought him her tablet computer.

“He read a message that said Al-Badran would pay her £100 for a night of sex.

“He was so concerned, he looked further into her chats. He was able to see Al-Badran seemed to be contacting lots of other similar-aged girls.”

The court heard the uncle logged onto the Facebook account of a female friend and contacted Al-Badran, saying he was a 16-year-old girl.

Mr O’Shea said: “His plan was to see if he could get Al-Badran to meet him and he succeeded.”

The uncle and some friends went to the Langsett/Primrose View tram stop in Hillsborough and waited for Al-Badran to arrive.

Mr O’Shea said: “There was something of a heated exchange between the parties. The uncle demanded his telephone; he knew if he didn’t get it the defendant would have been able to delete messages or any other material on the phone.”

The uncle called 999. When police arrived, Al-Badran said he was there to meet a 19-year-old girl who was lost and he was trying to help her out.

Later examination of his mobile phone and laptop revealed he had contacted at least 189 girls on Facebook and had been communicating with at least 50.

The court heard Al-Badran, who came to the UK from Iraq to study, asked at least four girls aged 13 to 15 if they were virgins and offered them £100 to have sex with him.

Rodney Ferm, mitigating, said Al-Badran wants to be deported to Iraq as soon as possible.

He said: “He is likely to suffer further punishment at the hands of the Iraqi authorities and that’s a real fear to him.

“He was an isolated individual even before his arrest and that may have some bearing upon why he acted as he did.”

Al-Badran, who collapsed in court as he was sentenced, admitted four counts of causing or inciting child prostitution and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity from November 1 to December 16, 2014.

Jailing Al-Badran for three years and two months, Judge Julian Goose QC said: “I am satisfied that you were determined to carry out what you wanted – that was to meet up with a child and have sex with the child and pay them for it.”