Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Abusers caused 'irrevocable' damage

A court has heard about the abuse of girls between 2004 and 2012 in the Oxford area

One of the victims of a sadistic paedophile ring convicted of grooming vulnerable underage girls for sexual exploitation has considered suicide while another suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the abuse, a court has heard.

Statements from some of the victims' parents were read out at the Old Bailey ahead of the sentencing of the gang, in which they described how the seven defendants had ruined their daughters' lives.

The court heard the extent of the girls' psychological damage, with one admitting she is prone to bouts of depression and self harming, while another suffers nightmares, panic attacks and flashbacks about the abuse, which took place between 2004 and last year in the Oxford area.

A victim impact statement from the mother of that girl was read out by prosecutor Noel Lucas QC, in which she said her daughter also suffered a minor stroke believed to have been brought on by the stress of what happened to her, and also developed chronic insomnia.

She also wrote about how the family was forced to leave their home leading to her daughter receiving a phone call in which she was threatened with having her face cut off, and members of her family having their throat slit and being decapitated.

Referring to a statement written by one of the victims, Mr Lucas said: "She has suffered psychological issues. She has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and aggressive bouts of anxiety and depression as a result.

"She mentions that although she has managed to have a successful job and make a life for herself, she has missed out on a vital part of her education. Her self-confidence as a result of the abuse is next to none. She struggles with trust and with romantic relationships. Physical affection is something of which she is wary."

Reading directly from the victim impact statement, Mr Lucas said: "It's hard for my family when I go through depressive stages because I'm prone to self harm", while another mother said of her now grown up daughter: "I think the damage done to her by these men is irrevocable."

Six of the defendants listened from the dock as Mr Lucas outlined some of the victim impact statements, but the court heard that Mohammed Karrar, 38, had refused to come up from the cells. He was convicted last month along with his brother, Bassam Karrar, 34, and another set of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, of charges including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution.

Kamar Jamil, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 28, were also found guilty following the five-month trial at the Old Bailey during which the jury was told the gang sexually exploited girls as young as 11.

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