A PAEDOPHILE who lured an 11-year-old girl off the streets before raping her and kicking her out of the house has been jailed for 15 years.

Ziad Taibi, 41, of Spencer Street, followed his vulnerable victim through Barnsley town centre before approaching her and asking how old she was on September 10.

He then convinced the youngster to come to his home address, assuring her that she would be safe with him.

He then sexually assaulted and raped the young girl before forcing them to leave.

Taibi then put plans in place to try and flee the town and escape justice - but was soon apprehended by police officers and charged with multiple sexual offences against a child.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a child under 13, sexual assault by penetration of a child under 13, and sexual assault of child under 13 at Sheffield Crown Court on October 12.

Last Wednesday, Taibi was jailed for 15 years following sentencing at the same court.

Detective Constable Alice Gilbert said: “The victim has shown great bravery and strength beyond their years in coming forward and providing vital evidence that was required in identifying the suspect and obtaining a conviction in this case. ( “Barnsley CID, with the support from policing teams across Barnsley, conducted numerous enquiries working around the clock for several days, trawling hours’ worth of CCTV and conducting house to house enquiries resulting in the suspect being located and arrested quickly and the scene identified. ( “These diligent enquiries resulted in vital evidence being secured and the offender being brought to justice swiftly.”

She added that the police force in Barnsley takes all reports of sexual assault seriously - and urged victims to come forward to get justice.

“This was a very traumatic incident that raised concerns in the community,” she said.

“I hope this sentencing helps the victim heal and reclaim some of what was taken from them.

“I cannot thank the victim enough for their will and courage during this investigation. ( “South Yorkshire Police takes all reports of rape extremely seriously and we work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice, and we encourage children and adults to come forward to make reports and will offer support to victims of abuse.”