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Eight locked up after vulnerable girl (13) subjected to 'campaign of violent rape'

By Dave Higgens

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

Sageer Hussain (30) was jailed yesterday 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.

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 victim, now in her 20s, said she had all the normal events of teenage life "ripped away from me".

The woman, who cannot be named, described how she has panic attacks every day, has self-harmed and suffers from mental health problems.

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 family and was doing well at school, 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 the 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."

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