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Man gave teenager burgers and cigarettes and bombarded her with 350 phone calls until she agreed to meet him.

A Birmingham man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl in the back of his car after grooming her with burgers and cigarettes has been jailed for three years.

Muhammed Waqas met the schoolgirl and her friend, also 14, though mutual friends during a visit to Peterborough.

The 23 year-old, from Small Heath, then bombarded his victim with more than 350 calls until she agreed to meet up with him.

Waqas picked up the girl and her friend in his car and bought them lunch at a McDonalds restaurant.

Afterwards he drove the pair to a quiet street In Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, where he got into the back of the car and had sex with his victim while her friend sat in the front listening to music.

The victim told police a few days after the offence, on March 4, and Waqas was arrested.

He initially denied sexual activity with a child but pleaded guilty at Peterborough Crown Court last Wednesday.

Waqas was jailed for three years and nine months and Judge Nic Madge ordered he be automatically deported to Pakistan after serving the sentence.

Sentencing him Judge Madge said: “Everyone knows that the age of consent in this country is 16.

“There is considerable public concern about older men who groom vulnerable girls in their early teens and have sex with them.

“That is why men who have sex with 13, 14 and 15 year old girls must expect to go to prison. In this court we treat such offences very seriously.”

A victim impact statement was read out to the court with the girl saying she still has sleepless nights as a result of the offence.

Rajinder Gill, defending, said the defendant was ‘immature’ for his age, and his father was seriously ill in his native Pakistan. He added Waqas had no previous convictions.

Detective Inspector Simon Harding said: “Waqas groomed his victim by sending her texts then arranging to meet.

“He was fully aware she was only 14 but still had sex with her, while her friend was also in the car.

“Waqas preyed on her vulnerability to satisfy his own desires. Such behaviour is not acceptable, the victim showed great courage to come forward to police and we are pleased he has now been brought to justice.”

Any adult who may be worried about someone’s behaviour towards a child can contact the NSPCC for advice on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

Children and young people can contact ChildLine in confidence about any issue on 0800 1111 or via www.childline.org.uk

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