Teen found hanged in children’s home weeks after reporting sex abuse carer with note saying: ‘I hate him so much’
Aaron Leafe, from Nottingham, gave a statement telling police the evil
crimes of Anwar Ismail but was said to be scared he wouldn’t be believed
his carer was found hanged weeks after reporting his evil crimes – an
inquest has heard.
Aaron Leafe, from Nottingham, gave a harrowing
93-minute statement to police detailing the heinous abuse he was
subjected to by Anwar Ismail.
Just six weeks later he was found dead in his bedroom at Ivy Cottage Children’s Home in Tupton, Derbyshire, in May 2010.
beyond the grave testimony helped jail Ismail for 18 years after the
31-year-old was found guilty of of two counts of sexual activity with a
child, three of child abduction, a rape and sexual activity with a
An inquest into Aaron’s death at Chesterfield Coroners Court
was told he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) and Asperger’s Syndrome and taken into care shortly before his
In 2007, he was sent to the Woodland Retreat in Leicester where Ismail became his key care worker.
It was shortly after his arrival, the paedophile began grooming the new resident.
2013 Leicester Crown Court was told he had pursued Aaron even after he
was sacked in 2008 and caused the boy an arm injury while restraining
During the trial Aaron’s police interview was played to the
jury, in which the teenager told officers how he was groomed from age
On it Aaron said: “Anwar always pressured me into having sex with him. I didn’t want to do it.
“He gave me money. He got me a flat. He let me drive his car.
“He bought me cigarettes and cannabis. I was scared of him. I just did what I was told. That’s why I did it.”
Prosecutor Mary Prior told a judge Aaron left a note saying:
“I can’t get over what happened with me and Anwar. I hate him so much.”
On the evening of June 12 Aaron watched a England football match with others residents.
was last seen by staff at 9,30pm, but less than an hour later the alarm
was raised when he was spotted hanging in the window inside one of the
Aaron had dressed himself in the suit which had been bought for him to wear at court later that month.
A post-mortem recorded the cause of death as hanging – there were no signs of any third party involvement.
mum did not attend the first day of the inquest into his death at
Chesterfield Coroner’s Court. The coroner said she had chosen “not to
engage” with the proceedings.
But a statement she gave police was
read out at the hearing. She said as Aaron left “he kissed me goodbye
and said he loved me”. He promised to ring the next day, but the call
never came as he was found dead.
Her partner Terry Lawson told detectives the last time he spoken to Aaron, the teenager had told him to “look after mum for me”.
He took that to mean he might do something stupid, but when they tried to ring the home they could not get an answer.
by Derbyshire’s Assistant Coroner James Newman did she fear he was
considering suicide Mrs Leafe said: “It was not something I thought he
was capable of.”
The hearing is expected to last two weeks.
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MORE CHILD RAPE IN A NOTTINGHAM CHILDRENS HOME
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