May 2012

9 men jailed for grooming and sexual abuse of children

Top, from left, Abdul Rauf, Hamid Safi, Mohammed Sajid and Abdul Aziz; bottom, from left, Abdul Qayyum, Adil Khan, Mohammed Amin and Kabeer Hassan

Leader: Shabir Ahmed will be sentenced in August after being found guilty of 30 counts of child rape. He is already serving 19 years for his part in the Rochdale grooming gang. He was jailed for 19 years last month following an 11-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.But Ahmed – known to his victims by the nickname ‘Daddy’ – could not be named as he was awaiting trial on separate child rape charges.

The men from Rochdale and Oldham, who exploited girls as young as 13 were given sentences ranging from four to 19 years.

They were found guilty of offences including rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.

Sentencing the men, Judge Gerald Clifton dismissed any notion that the prosecutions had been triggered by race, telling the defendants: “That is nonsense. What triggered this prosecution was your lust and greed.”

He told them: “All of you treated (the victims) as though they were worthless and beyond respect.”

The 59-year-old ringleader, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also convicted of two rapes, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

The other convicted men were:

• Kabeer Hassan, 25, of Oldham, was sentenced to nine years for rape and three years, concurrently, for the conspiracy conviction.

• Abdul Aziz, 41,of Rochdale, also convicted of trafficking for sexual exploitation, received a nine year sentence.

• Abdul Rauf, 43, and Adil Khan, 42, both of Rochdale and also convicted of trafficking a child within the UK for sexual exploitation, received six and eight years respectively.

• Mohammed Sajid, 35, of Rochdale, also convicted of one count of rape, sexual activity with a girl under 16 and trafficking for sexual exploitation, was jailed for 12 years.

• Mohammed Amin, 45, of Rochdale, also convicted of sexual assault, received a five-year jail term.

• Hamid Safi, 22, of Rochdale, also convicted of trafficking girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation, has been sentenced to four years.

• Abdul Qayyum, 44, of Rochdale, was jailed for five years. He will be deported to Afghanistan at the end of his sentence.

• Two of the defendants on trial were acquitted.

May 2012

Child Sex Ring: Nine Guilty Of Grooming Girls

Nine men have been found guilty of being part of a child exploitation ring that groomed underage girls for sex by plying them with alcohol and drugs.

Eleven men were charged with a range of offences from having sex with underage girls, sexual assault, trafficking and rape. They all denied the charges.

Five girls were “shared” by Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Liaquat Shah, 41, was cleared sexual assault by the jury and was cleared of conspiracy after the jury was unable to agree a verdict and the prosecution offered no further evidence.

Qamar Shahzad, 30, was found not guilty of conspiracy.

The trial at Liverpool Crown Court took 11 weeks and heard from alleged victims and the defendants themselves.

The prosecution’s case was that the men worked together as a group to secure for themselves and others underage girls for sex.

It was claimed that the men drove the young girls around parts of Greater Manchester and delivered them to flats and houses where men were waiting to have sex with them.

Some of the victims told the jury that they were threatened with violence if they did not submit to their demands.

They said they were lured in with free cigarettes, alcohol and food.

One 13-year-old victim became pregnant and had the child aborted.

But some of the defendants told the court that the girls were willing participants, and were happy to have sex with the men in return for money.

Judge Gerald Clifton adjourned sentencing until Wednesday.

Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Qamar Shahzad Liaquat Shah and Hamid Safi