A MAN who engaged in sexual activity with an underage Barnsley girl and threatened to kill her if she told anyone has been jailed.

Mohammed Qasim, 38, of Sable Crest, Bradford, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court last week for sentencing after admitting to engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl in the back of a van.

Qasim, who told his victim he would buy her things if she kept quiet, was jailed for four years last Wednesday following a lengthy investigation by South Yorkshire Police.

DC Rosie O'Grady, who works in Barnsley's Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP) team, said: "This sentence follows meticulous work from our officers who strived to bring a child sexual offender to justice.

"Exemplary forensic work helped to secure justice but ultimately, this conviction wouldn't have been secured had it not been for the brave testimony of Qasim's vulnerable victim.

"I want to commend the girl and her family for their courage in coming forward to tell us about what happened, and I hope the passing of this sentence allows them to move on from what must have been a horrifying and traumatic experience."