A former Koran teacher of a Cardiff Mosque has been convicted of sex offences.

Mohammed Haji Sadiq, 81, from Cyncoed was found guilty of 14 child sex offences at the Cardiff Crown Court. He had taught at the Madina Mosque for over 30 years and denied the charges against him.

The offences took place between 1996 and 2006 against 4 girls aged between 9 and 11 years old.

The Court heard how Sadiq, “took advantage of his position ” at the Mosque. He would touch the victims inappropriately as a form of punishment and would, “abuse the girls if they made a mistake when reading the Koran.” He would use a stick to hit people on their hand or hard on their back and he would threaten his victims. Many victims stated that they were frightened to attend the Mosque because of his abuse.

His Honour Judge Stephen Hopkins QC said, “ Sadiq was found guilty on the most compelling evidence.” Sadiq was to be monitored electronically whilst released on bail. He will be sentenced at a later date.

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