Child sex ring gang facing jail
Six members of a child sex ring in Aylesbury are facing lengthy jail sentences for taking part in the horrifying abuse of two schoolgirls.
A total of 11 men went on trial for a range of sex offences between 2006 and 2012 including multiple rape of a child under 13, child prostitution and administering a substance to "stupefy" a girl in order to engage in sexual activity.
The jury took more than 42 hours to find six of the men guilty. They are: Vikram Singh, Asif Hussain, Arshad Jani, Mohammed Imran, Akbari Khan and Taimoor Khan.
The men, some using the services of various interpreters speaking Hindi, Urdu, Pashto and Punjabi, gave no reaction as the guilty verdicts were delivered.
Four defendants were cleared, while the jury could not decide on one of them who now faces a retrial. Sentencing was adjourned to September 7.
Both victims came from troubled backgrounds and wanted to feel grown-up when they were befriended by the men who groomed them by showering them with inexpensive gifts such as alcohol, DVDs, food and occasionally drugs.
While aged just 12 or 13, one of the vulnerable girls, known in the trial as A, was passed between 60 mainly Asian men for sex after being conditioned into thinking it was normal behaviour, jurors were told.
The vast majority of the charges related to this child, while three charges related to girl B.
Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told the jury the youngsters were "easy prey for a group of men wanting casual sexual gratification that was easy, regular and readily available".
He said the girls' ideas of what was right had been "completely distorted", and that they thought what was happening was "normal" and "natural".
Mr Saxby told jurors: "Notwithstanding that they were children, they spoke in terms of these men being their boyfriends. And they were passed from man to man - sometimes on a daily basis.
"The scale of it is, you may agree, horrifying. A estimated that she had sex with about 60 men - six zero - almost all Asian."
Many of the defendants were friends from the Aylesbury area. Some were married and had children, with some working on the market and a few working as taxi drivers.
Each of the men sexually abused A, while two were said to have molested B, the court heard.
In one statement, A told police: "You get passed round ...
"It wasn't particularly me looking for them. It was them looking for me. It's just that they pass your number around ... Or you're with one of them and they invited three or four of their friends round and then you have to sleep with them.
"Because you're in their place and they're making your life a bit more exciting, so you do what they want."
She added that she thought the men found her attractive, and was happy to be wanted, knowing that "Asian men" wanted to sleep with her.
Vikram Singh, 45, of Cannock Road, Aylesbury, was found guilty of four counts of rape and administering a substance with intent.
Asif Hussain, 33, of Hodge Lea, Milton Keynes, was convicted of three counts of rape.
Arshad Jani, 33, of Cousins Drive, Aylesbury, was found guilty of rape and conspiracy to rape.
Mohammed Imran, 38, of Springcliffe Street, Bradford, was convicted of three counts of rape, one count of conspiracy to rape and one count of child prostitution.
Akbari Khan, 36, of Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, was found guilty of two counts of rape, administering a substance with intent, conspiracy to rape.
Taimoor Khan, 29, of Highbridge Road, Aylesbury, was convicted of one count of sexual activity with a child.
Sohail Qamar, 41, of St Anne's Road, Aylesbury, was cleared of two counts of rape, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Sajad Ali, 34, of Brockhurst Road, Chesham, was found not guilty of sexual activity with a child.
Faisal Iqbal, 32, of Pixie Road, Aylesbury, was cleared of rape and sexual activity with a child.
Harmohan Nangpal, 41, of Langdale Drive, Hayes, was cleared of rape and sexual activity with a child.
The jury could not decide on charges against Jerome Joe, 35, of Pightle Crescent, Buckingham who denies one count of rape and a single count of sexual activity with a child.
Afterwards, Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan said: "This verdict sends out an important message that the perpetrators of this horrific crime have to pay for their actions.
"The bravery of the victims giving evidence in this case should be commended. The courage it takes to re-live your abuse in a courtroom environment cannot be underestimated."
An NSPCC spokesman said: "This is yet another shocking case of vulnerable young girls being targeted by ruthless gangs of men that will make the public recoil in horror once again.
"The level of abuse against these children who were on the cusp of their teenage years is horrifying and depressing.
"We must continue to clamp down on organised grooming which has destroyed so many lives while making sure the victims receive all the support and therapy they need to recover."
David Johnston, Buckingshire County Council director for children's services, apologised to the two young victims, saying: "We are as appalled, as all parents and the community of Buckinghamshire will be, by the despicable acts of cruel abuse committed by those found guilty at the Old Bailey today.
"These girls were just children when they became victims to such manipulation that lasted so many years.
"I want to thank each of these young women for taking the brave step to come forward, to speak to the police and re-live their horrific experiences in court to bring these men to justice.
"On behalf of the council, I would also like to apologise to both of them for letting them down during this period in their lives. We know a great deal more about child sexual exploitation than we did back then and I hope that young people who are worried about themselves or someone they know will have the same courage to come forward."