Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Sex predators jailed for rapes

Abid Mohammed Saddique was jailed for a minimum of 11 years

Two "sexual predators" who subjected a series of vulnerable girls to rapes and sexual assaults described by a judge as a "reign of terror" have been given indefinite prison sentences.

Abid Mohammed Saddique, 27, was jailed for a minimum of 11 years at Nottingham Crown Court.

Mohammed Romaan Liaqat, 28, was told he must serve at least eight years before he is considered for release.

The men were the prime movers in a group of men who befriended girls aged from 12 to 18 in the Derby area and groomed them for sex.

The men were sentenced as dozens of police lined the street outside the court in front of a protest by the right-wing EDL. More officers were stationed in the court building.

Judge Philip Head told Saddique: "Your crimes can only be described as evil," adding he was an "evil, manipulative and controlling" character who was a continuing danger to young girls.

The judge said: "You are in the truest sense a sexual predator with a voracious sexual appetite that you gratified as frequently as possible in a variety of ways."

He said the pair's attitude was "sex at any price" as they and others embarked on a "reign of terror on girls in Derby".

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