April 2012

Gang behind bars for rape attack on Shropshire girls

Amar Hussain and Shamrez Rashid

Five men involved in raping and sexually assaulting two Shropshire teenagers have been jailed for more than 38 years.

The two Telford victims, aged 15 and 16, were abducted and lured to a dingy Birmingham flat where ringleaders Amar Hussain and Shamrez Rashid repeatedly attacked them, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Adil Saleem, Jahbar Rafiq and Amer Choudhrey

Both girls were victims of a series of sex attacks after being plied with alcohol during the 36-hour ordeal in November 2009.

Shamrez Rashid, from Bordesley Green, was found guilty of child abduction, two rapes, attempted rape and attempted sexual assault. Sentenced to 11 years.

Amar Hussain, from Balsall Heath, was found guilty of child abduction, three rapes and attempt sexual assault. Sentenced to ten years.

Jahbar Rafiq, aged 28 from Aston, was found guilty of rape and sexual assault. Sentenced to eight years.

Adil Saleem, aged 20 from Yardley, was found guilty of rape. Sentenced to eight years.

Amer Islam Choudhrey, aged 20 from Selly Park, was found guilty of child abduction and sexual assault. Sentenced to 15 months.

The court was told that after attacking the girls, Rashid and Hussain ‘in effect offered them up to their friends’.

Rashid grinned and laughed in the dock during the hearing and his supporters hurled abuse at the judge as he passed sentence.

Judge Melbourne Inman QC said the defendants had all abused the girls.

He told Hussain and Rashid they had played a leading role in the abuse.

“You brought the girls all the way from Telford because you knew you could abuse them and they would consent to anything with anyone and you said they were ‘slags’.

“They were extremely vulnerable and you took advantage of them and told others the girls were available,” he said.

The five men, all from the Birmingham area, denied all the charges.

On the direction of the judge, the jury cleared Hussain on one count of sexual assault, and Rafiq and Saleem of abduction.