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Eight men jailed over sex abuse of teenage girls in Rotherham

Published 04/11/2016

Sentencing follows a month-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court
Sentencing follows a month-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court

The brother of three men who were given substantial jail sentences for sexually exploiting teenage girls in Rotherham has been sent to prison for 19 years for subjecting his vulnerable 13-year-old victim to a "campaign of violent rape".

Sageer Hussain, 30, was jailed on Friday by the same judge who sentenced his brothers Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras to 35, 25, and 19 years in prison respectively in February.

Seven other men were given sentences of between five and 17 years alongside Hussain at Sheffield Crown Court for what Judge Sarah Wright called the "degrading and violent" sexual exploitation of teenage girls in the South Yorkshire town.

Over the course of two trials this year, the Hussain brothers and their associates have now been given prison sentences by Judge Wright totalling 198 years for their grooming and abuse activities in Rotherham.

The judge heard how Hussain's victim, who was abused by all eight defendants, had complained to police in 2003 but the inquiry was dropped, partly because she was so terrified of her abusers.

The month-long trial heard how her family told police and their MP and then home secretary David Blunkett about the abuse and eventually moved to Spain to get away from the men.

Judge Wright highlighted one incident in which the girl was taken to a flat where she was made to perform oral sex on five men in turn, including defendant Masoued Malik.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the girl, now in her 20s, said she had all the normal events of teenage life "ripped away from me".

She said: "A part of me still feels shame over what happened, like I'm to blame."

The woman, who cannot be named, described in her statement how she has panic attacks every day, has self-harmed and suffers from mental health problems including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Judge Wright told the eight men: "The victim of all eight of you was vulnerable. She was just 13 to 14 years old.

"Although she had a loving and supportive family, and was doing well at school as she was reaching adolescence, she was susceptible to the attention that you and others gave her.

"She was targeted, sexualised and subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature."

The judge rejected claims by one defence barrister that the fact this victim had written a book about child sexual exploitation and lectured on the subject was evidence that the harm she had suffered was not at the most extreme end of the scale.

Judge Wright shook her head as she dismissed the lawyer's arguments.

She said to the defendants: " The extreme damage that you have caused to her makes it all the more impressive that she has had the courage to bring her own story out into the open and has put herself into forums where she has discussed the issues of child sexual exploitation in order, selflessly, to seek to help others.

"Her courage and strength in doing that should in no way deflect from acknowledging the extreme damage she has suffered as a result of your offending. Her dignity and bravery as she gave evidence in this courtroom was palpable."

The judge added: "No-one listening to the evidence will forget the obvious trauma of all the victims and Victim One emotionally recounting that if, by her efforts, she has prevented just one young girl having to go through what she has had to go through then she will feel that she has achieved what she wanted to accomplish.

"Each of the victims has shown bravery beyond measure in speaking about such intimate and traumatic experiences and exposing themselves to such intrusion and questioning."

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate said his team was "over the moon" with the sentences.

He said: " The rape and sexual abuse of children is completely abhorrent and this group have shown no remorse for their crimes, forcing the young women who came forward to report this awful abuse to relive traumatic experiences before the court.

"We are indebted to the victims, who have supported our investigation and have shown remarkable strength in attending court to give evidence."

Mohammed Whied, 32, of Psalters Lane, Kimberworth, was jailed for five years after being found guilty of one count of aiding and abetting rape.

Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, of Cherry Brook, Rotherham, was sentenced to 17 years in prison after being convicted of one rape and three indecent assaults.

Waleed Ali, 34, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, was jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of one rape and one indecent assault.

Asif Ali, 30, of Clough Street, Rotherham, was given a 12-year term after being convicted of one rape.

Masoued Malik, 32, of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham, was jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of one rape, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.

Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Clarendon Road, Rotherham, was sentenced to eight years after being convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.

Basharat Hussain, 40, from Goole, was convicted of one indecent assault. Hussain, who is currently serving a sentence at HMP Wakefield, was given an additional seven years to run alongside his current term.

The offending of all the defendants except Khaliq involved one girl, referred to as Victim One. Khaliq's offending related to all three victims in the trial.

Anne Longfield, Children's Commissioner for England, said: "These were terrible offences involving the cynical targeting of children.

"These men evaded justice for far too long and the sentences given today reflect the enormous damage caused to young lives.

"They used threats and intimidation to silence their victims, whose enormous courage in speaking out was pivotal in securing the convictions.

"Going forward, it is vital to prevent children from being abused in the first place and ensure that victims of abuse receive help immediately."

Dr Alan Billings, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, said: " This is a very good result for South Yorkshire Police and a clear sign that they are getting to grips with the scandal of grooming.

"It sends a signal across South Yorkshire to victims and witnesses that they will be believed, they will be listened to and they will get the care and protection they need while those who have wronged them are brought to court."

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