GLOUCESTERSHIRE Constabulary has been rapped over the knuckles by a district judge for sending an elderly paedophile a list of the charges against him in the post, together with a date for him to turn up at court.
District judge Joti Bopa Rai was the presiding judge at Cheltenham Magistrates Court yesterday (May 18) when 70-year-old paedophile Ibrahim Goga, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to six charges of child sexual abuse in Gloucestershire between the years of 1970 and 2016.
The charges admitted by Goga included touching a girl under the age of 13, indecency with a girl under 16 and gross indecency with a girl under 14.
The court was told that none of the offences had involved penetration.
After adjourning the case for reports by the probation service, the judge expressed her exasperation upon hearing that because the charges had been sent to Goga in the form of a postal requisition, the new name for a magistrates’s court summons, no bail conditions had been imposed, despite the fact that some of the offences were recent.
“A postal requisition is not good enough,” she told the court. “The police need to be getting on with it and making charges.”
Goga was released without bail conditions to appear before Gloucester Crown Court for sentencing for the six offences on June 16.