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Woman locked up for luring girls

A woman who lured two 16-year-old girls on a night out to be raped by three men has been sent to a young offenders' institute for seven years.

Stephanie Knight, who was 17 at the time, lied to her victims that they were going out to a nightclub.

Instead they were driven around and plied with alcohol and drugs before they were sexually assaulted by brothers Amjad Hussain, 34, and Shahid Hussain, 38, and their cousin Tanveer Butt, 39.

The girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were taken from Blackburn to a derelict terrace house in Accrington with no electricity as one of the girls was subjected to a "terrifying ordeal" of rape.

Knight, 19, wanted the other teenager to perform a sex act on one of the men but she refused. She and Butt then stopped her going to the assistance of her friend, who was crying out, as she told her "she is chilling with my boys".

Knight's former boyfriend, Amjad Hussain, then assaulted both girls as he drove them home in December 2009.

All three male defendants were jailed indefinitely at Preston Crown Court and ordered to serve at least seven-and-a-half years before they can be considered for parole.

The judge said all four defendants had not shown any remorse or contrition.

She said the "total lack of humanity" shown by them as one of the girls was raped repeatedly in the house was "so disturbing and horrifying".

The judge singled out Amjad Hussain for telling "wicked falsehoods" to the jury in seeking to portray his victims as "amoral and promiscuous women".

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