Lancashire Council receptionist jailed after attempting to derail grooming trial

Mohammed Imran Amjad Mohammed Imran Amjad 's girlfriend accessed a database 60 times

A woman who worked in social services has been jailed for attempting to derail a grooming trial.

Receptionist Mahdiya Khan accessed a computer database 60 times to get details of a child sex victim.

She was jailed for eight months, but details have only just emerged. Three men have also been found guilty of interfering in the case.

Mohammed Imran Amjad, 26, was earlier jailed for four years and three months after he admitted abusing a child.

Five others were cleared of rape, sexual assault and child abduction at Burnley Crown Court in April.

Suspended and dismissed

Detectives realised Amjad's girlfriend, Mahdiya Khan, had tried to undermine the case. She was a receptionist working for Lancashire County Council social services in Burnley.

They found she accessed a confidential database 60 times over 15 days to find details of the witness and her family.

The county council said she was immediately suspended and dismissed.

A spokesman said: "When this security breach came to light, the advice from our data protection team was that no further practical steps could have been taken to prevent it from having occurred."

Three other people connected to Amjad had also attempted to interfere with the case.

His cousin Waqas Khalid threatened to rape the victim and her mother. His friend Qasim Hussain persuaded her to change her statement. His brother, Furqan Amjad, contacted the victim 350 times.

Furqan Amjad was jailed for 15 months. Khalid was fined £300 and Hussain will be sentenced next week.

More on This Story

BBC Lancashire

Weather

Preston

Min. Night 15 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StuntmanStuntman to the stars

    Driving dangerously and falling off buildings are all part of the day job for Bobby Holland Hanton

Programmes

  • The smartphones of shoppers being tracked in a storeClick Watch

    How free wi-fi can enable businesses to track our movements and learn more about us

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.