A BLACKBURN mosque teacher who admitted using beatings and torture positions as a form of discipline was a ‘systematic bully’.

Judge Robert Altham QC told Irfan Patel, 33, that lying to the police and accusing his four male victims aged just nine and 10 of conspiring against him made his behaviour even worse.

Preston Crown Court heard Patel, of Pelham Street, Blackburn, used physical violence to discipline four boys during two-hour daily lessons when they misbehaved, made mistakes in their work or were unable to recite the Koran.

The father-of-two who trained as a teacher in India, but has no formally recognised qualifications in the UK, admitted four counts of cruelty to a person under the age of 16.

All the charges relate to his time working as a volunteer teacher at a Blackburn madrasa, which cannot be named for legal reasons, between January 1, 2011 and October 19, 2011.

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