Pervert landlord, 65, sexually assaulted 16-year-old female tenant in Wembley

Hercharan Roopra has been given a suspended jail sentence

Hercharan Roopra has been given a suspended jail sentence - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

A pervert landlord from Wembley has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who was living in one of his properties.

Hercharan Roopra, 65, of Burnside Crescent, made a pass of his victim and tried to kiss her before touching her bottom and breasts over her clothing.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard he carried out the attack after he visited the home she shared with her family in Wembley to ‘discuss the rent’ in August last year.

The girl was left distraught after the attack and the police were called to the home.

It emerged that the family disliked Roopra after he made them feel uncomfortable with the way he looked at them.

The court heard that the success of his business relies on his freedom as he must personally attend meetings after his son, who assists him, was banned from driving ban.

Sentencing him to six months in jail, suspended for two years, Judge Nigel Peters, QC, said: “The jury convicted you of sexual assault in that, last summer, you sexually assaulted a 16-year old girl when visiting the premises as landlord.

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“She found that very, very distressing, very upsetting.

“These are very prevalent offences and it is clear to me that you had an interest in preying on this girl and used these visits to the house as an excuse to look at these young girls.”

Roopra, who owns a string of properties, maintains his innocence despite being convicted of molesting the teen.

He was acquitted of a second count of sexual assault.

He was automatically placed on the sex offender’s register as a result of his conviction and ordered to pay £1,250 costs and £750 in compensation.