A former Labour peer from Yorkshire, has been found guilty of sexual offences against two children in the 1970s.

Nazir Ahmed, 64, formerly Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, was convicted of a serious sexual assault against a boy and the attempted rape of a young girl.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the repeated sexual abuse happened in Rotherham when he was a teenager. Ahmed had denied the charges.

He was found guilty on Wednesday 5th January of sexual offences against a boy and a girl dating back more than 40 years.

During trial, prosecutor Tom Little QC told the court Ahmed had attempted to rape the girl in the early 1970s, when the defendant was aged 16 or 17, but she was much younger.

The attack on the boy, who was aged under 11 at the time, also happened during the same period.

Mr Little said Ahmed claimed the allegations were a “malicious fiction” but a phone recording of a 2016 conversation between the two victims showed they were not “made-up or concocted”.

The woman’s call was prompted by an email from the male victim saying: “I have evidence against that paedophile,” the jury previously heard.

Nazir Ahmed was convicted of two counts of attempting to rape a girl and a serious sexual assault against a boy.

Also charged Ahmed’s his two older brothers, Mohammed Farouq, 71, and Mohammed Tariq, 65, but both were deemed unfit to stand trial.

Farouq and Tariq faced charges of indecent assault in relation to the same boy Ahmed abused, and the jury found they did indeed commit those acts alleged.

Following the trial, Nazir Ahmed’s sentencing will take place in early February.

Though the men did not face a criminal trial, jurors concluded that they did commit the alleged acts after hearing evidence in the case.

Ahmed, who was convicted following a retrial, resigned from the House of Lords in November 2020 after a conduct committee report concluded he had sexually and emotionally exploited a vulnerable woman who sought his help.

Ahjmed had been created a life peer in 1998, also resigned from the Labour party in 2013.

He resigned from the House of Lords in November 2020 after reading the contents of a conduct committee report which found he sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman who sought his help. Only an Act of Parliament with Royal Ascent can strip him of his title.

It meant he was the first peer to be recommended for expulsion but he resigned before it could be implemented.

Following the trial, Nazir Ahmed’s sentencing will take place in early February.

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