A former Conservative Member of Parliament, Imran Ahmed Khan, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy, is due to be released from prison after serving half of his sentence.
Khan was sentenced to 18 months in jail after the court heard that he had forced the boy to drink gin at a party in 2008, before taking him upstairs and sexually assaulting him.
According to The Times, Khan is set to be released on probation as early as today, after serving nine months in HMP Brixton, in south London.
Upon leaving jail, Khan appeared with long hair and a beard, and has maintained his innocence throughout, even appealing against his conviction and sentence.
However, both were upheld, with the judge, Jeremy Baker, commenting that Khan displayed a “significant degree of brutality”. Baker added, “Although it may well be over the years you had let yourself believe you had got away with having committed this offence, I am sure you were aware from the outset there was a risk there would be a day of reckoning.”
The victim of Khan’s assault told the court that he was “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked, and surprised” after the incident, but did not want to make a formal complaint at the time. It was only in 2019 when Khan ran in the General Election that the victim said the memories “came flooding back.”
Khan, who is gay, denied the charge, claiming that he only touched the teenager’s elbow when he “became extremely upset” during a conversation about his confused sexuality.
However, Khan’s conviction triggered a by-election in the Wakefield district, which was won by Labour’s Simon Lightwood in June.
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