A JUDGE has lifted an order banning the identification of a paedophile who was knifed in the heart by his teenage victim. Zabhullah Boota, the father of two young children, was found guilty of sexual assault and inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity in November 2010.
He was sentenced to a community order for abusing the young girl and allowed to return to his Bradford home in the neighbourhood where she still lived. In October 2011, the Telegraph & Argus reported how the victim’s mother was “sickened” that Boota was still living in the same area, nearly a year after his conviction.
At the time she said: “Her [the victim] innocence was taken away. She doesn’t trust any adults, and a child shouldn’t feel that way.” Yesterday, the girl whose life Boota destroyed was spared a custodial sentence for attacking him.
Boota’s name could not be released as part of the initial report on her sentencing, but today Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC lifted a legal order, meaning he can now be identified. The judge yesterday told the 15-year-old schoolgirl: “It would be a disgrace to send a survivor like you to prison.”
She was 14 when she thrust a large kitchen knife into Boota, 56, who sexually assaulted her when she was eight-years-old. She felt the justice system had let her down when he harassed and bullied her after walking free from court.