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Child sex grooming network convicted in Newcastle

Seventeen men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution.

Under-age girls and vulnerable young women were taken to parties in Newcastle and groomed with drugs before being raped and sexually abused, it can now be reported.

A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution, in a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court.

Older men preyed on immature teenagers who were plied with cocaine, cannabis, alcohol or mephedrone, then raped or persuaded into having sexual activity with the lure of the illegal drugs at parties known as “sessions”.

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The crimes took place in the West End of Newcastle (Northumbria Police/PA)

Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and mainly British-born, with most living in the West End of Newcastle.

One of the defendants told his wife he was going night fishing before he picked up a drunk 15-year-old on the street and raped her, it can now be reported.

Saiful Islam, 35, of Strathmore Crescent, Newcastle, spotted his victim outside a supermarket in the West End of Newcastle on his way home from work in 2011 and returned after making an excuse to his wife.

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Saiful Islam was sentenced to 10 years for raping a 15-year-old girl (Northumbia Police/PA)

He then bought the victim Malibu, took her to premises where he and friends knew they could abuse girls and coerced her into having sex.

At a hearing in January 2016 which can only be reported now, Judge Penny Moreland sentenced him to 10 years, saying: “She was young, she was scared and she was a girl limited in her ability and understanding. You hurt her while you were raping her.”

Another defendant was jailed for witness intimidation and assault after telling a young girl he had seen in the street that “everybody wanted her six feet under”.

Yasser Hussain, 28, of Canning Street, Newcastle, was jailed for two years in October 2015 for the attack and for allowing his premises to be used in the supply of drugs after a jury heard how he hosted parties.

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Yassar Hussain was given a two-year sentence for was jailed for witness intimidation and assault (Northumbria Police/PA)

Mohammed Hassan Ali, 34, of Bentinck Street, Newcastle, met his 15-year-old victim at a party and started a relationship after she claimed to be 18 but he continued to have sex with her after finding out her real age.

Judge Moreland, sentencing in December 2015, told him: “She feels you took advantage of her and used her because of her youth and your age.”

He was jailed for seven years after he admitted supplying cannabis and was convicted of possession with intent to supply M-Kat and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

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Mohammed Hassan Ali was jailed for seven years for drug supply offences and two counts of sexual activity with a child (Northumbria Police/PA)

Redwan Siddique, 32, of West Road, Newcastle, was jailed in February for supplying M-Kat to a 19-year-old in return for sex at his student digs in 2013.

The woman, who cannot be named, said: “We wanted more M-Kat so we went to Redwan’s. I had sex with him in order to get more M-Kat from him. I had sex with him first then he gave me the M-Kat.”

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Northumbria police issued this picture of the designer drug Mkat which was used to groom girls at parties (Northumbria Police/PA)

Judge Moreland jailed him for 16 months, saying: “I am satisfied on that evidence that she had sex with you in order to get drugs from you.”

Other defendants have yet to be sentenced.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service they are:

:: Carolann Gallon, 22, from Hareside Court, Newcastle, aged 17-18 at the time, who admitted three offences of trafficking girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

:: Mohammed Azram, 35, of Croydon Road, Newcastle, who admitted five drugs offences and was convicted of one count of sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain.

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Mohammed Azram has yet to be sentenced on drug offences, sexual assault and inciting prostitution (Northumbria Police/PA)

:: Jahangir Zaman, 45, of Hadrian Road, Newcastle, who was convicted of rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution.

:: Nashir Uddin, 35, Joan Street, Newcastle, who was convicted of sexual assault, allowing premises to be used to supply drugs, conspiracy to incite prostitution and who admitted four counts of supplying drugs and three of possessing drugs.

:: Abdulhamid Minoyee, 34, of Gainsbrough Grove, Newcastle, who was convicted of rape and sexual assault and pleaded guilty to supplying drugs.

:: Eisa Mousavi, 42, of Todds Nook, Newcastle, who was convicted of three counts of rape, two counts of supplying drugs, allowing premises to be used for the supply of drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution.

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Eisa Mousavi (Northumbria Police/PA)

:: Monjur Choudhury, 33, of Philip Place, Newcastle, who was convicted of supplying drugs, permitting premises to be used for the supply of drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution.

:: Taherul Alam, 32, Normanton Terrace, Newcastle, who was convicted of two counts of supplying drugs, one count of permitting premises to be used for supplying drugs, attempting to sexually assault, and of conspiracy to incite prostitution.

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Taherul Alam (Northumbria Police/PA)

:: Prabhat Nelli, 33, Corporation Road, Newcastle, who was convicted of two counts of supplying drugs and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution.

:: Nadeem Aslam, 43, Belle Grove West, Newcastle, who admitted possessing cannabis and was convicted of two counts of supplying drugs, one count of possessing drugs and one count of permitting premises to be used in the supply of drugs.

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Nadeem Aslam (Northumbria Police/PA)

The final trial saw three men convicted and one man admitted charges against him.

:: Habibur Rahim, 34, of Friar’s Way, Fenham, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to incite prostitution, relating to eight different victims.

He was convicted of one count of rape.

Abdul Sabe, 40, of Dean House, Walker, Newcastle, was convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, conspiracy to traffic for sexual exploitation, conspiracy to sexual assault, and supplying drugs to victims.

He was already on the sex offenders’ register.

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Abdul Sabe (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Badrul Hussain, 37, of Drybeck Court, Newcastle, was convicted of allowing drugs to be used at his premises and of supplying drugs.

The jury heard he made an extraordinary outburst to a ticket collector on the Tyne and Wear Metro, saying: “All white women are good for one thing, for men like me to f*** and use as trash, that is all women like you are worth.”

He was cleared of inciting prostitution for gain.

:: Mohibur Rahman, 44, known to victims as Jimmy, admitted conspiracy to incite prostitution and five drugs charges.

Defendants not yet sentenced will be back next month.

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