Arman Nejad of Caythorpe Street, Moss Side was found guilty of rape following a trial at Manchester Crown Court, where he was jailed for five years.
The 14 year-old victim was walking with friends along Caythorpe Street, Moss Side in October 2009 when Arman Nejad called over to the victim outside his home in order to separate her from her friends.
As soon as her friends were out of view Arman dragged her into his house and raped her. The matter was not reported to the police until February 2010, where then a recorded interview was conducted by officers of the South Manchester division.
Three years later June 2013 GMP’s Protect Team had set up a tackle child sexual exploitation service and had to visit the victim on an unrelated matter. They claim to have been made aware of the lack of progress and the unnecessary stress that this child had been put under after her initial complaint.
The matter was finally investigated by officers from the Protect Team and Nejad was arrested and subsequently charged and convicted.
As soon as GMP’s Professional Standards Branch became aware of the apparent delay in this case, it was referred to the IPCC who returned it back to the Force to investigate locally. This investigation is still ongoing and a formal complaint has been made by the girl.
Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes from GMP’s Phoenix Protect Team said: “Greater Manchester Police’s Protect Team was first made aware of Arman Nejad’s appalling crimes in 2013.
“As a result, a full and thorough investigation was completed that resulted in this matter being brought to court and which aided in bringing Arman Nejad to justice.”
The police force absolutely accepts the failures in this case and GMP’s Professional Standards Branch has said: “There were unacceptable delays in bringing the case to court after the initial complaint was made.
“The victim received a service that I believe fell below the level which we strive to offer to victims of rape and other sexual abuse.
“An investigation is underway to establish the reasons and circumstances around our initial response and apparent lack of action in this case.”