Jacky Jhaj has just been found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with two girls, both aged 15 at the time of the offences.
According to the Metropolitan Police, the 31-year-old from Felton was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court yesterday and was jailed for four years.
But commentators have noticed something unusual – and downright inappropriate – about an item of clothing he donned in his mugshot.
Jhaj chose to wear a grey jumper depicting three kittens in positions covering their ears, eyes and mouth, in a depraved take on the adage, ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.’
While this jumper would seem anything but sinister on most people, the convicted sex offender makes it look positively disturbing, according to Twitter observers.
Jacky Jhaj has been jailed for sex offences against 15 year old girls. Nice sweatshirt pic.twitter.com/AlX9f7f8Nu
— CourtNewsUK (@CourtNewsUK) November 30, 2016
Other commentators have taken it upon themselves to make light of a very, very dark case of paedophilia:
@CourtNewsUK I assume the jumper is all part of the plan— Richard E. (@richevans1306) November 30, 2016
The pictorial maxim together embodies the proverbial principle to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” – which in a Western context is often associated with turning a blind eye to impropriety.
Thankfully, the judicial system has done no such thing. After the court heard that Jhaj picked up young schoolgirls in his car, gave them alcohol and claimed to be a Hollywood executive producer in his ploy to groom the teenagers, they chose to ignore the message on his brazen sweatshirt.
Detective Constable Nav Johal, the investigating officer from Hounslow CID, said of the case:
Thanks to the courage and bravery of the young vulnerable victims who gave evidence, a dangerous sexual predator has been brought to justice. I am hopeful that the verdict and sentencing will give them some peace and closure, and they will be able to, in time, move forward from this difficult period.
Our thoughts are with Jhaj’s victims at this difficult time.