September 2011

Group jailed in teenage rape plot case

Three men and a woman have been jailed for plotting to subject two teenage girls to a terrifying rape ordeal in Accrington in December 2009.

Amjad Hussain, his brother Shahid Hussain, Tanveer Butt and Stephanie Knight were all convicted following a three week trial at Burnley Crown Court last month. And today at Preston Crown Court Amjad Hussain, Shahid Hussain and Tanveer Butt were all given indeterminate sentences and each must serve seven years and five months before being eligible to apply for parole. Stephanie Knight (pic below) was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Amjad Hussain, 34, of Sharples Street, Accrington was found guilty of conspiracy to rape, rape and assault by penetration; Shahid Hussain, 38, of Drake Street, Rochdale, was convicted of rape; Stephanie Knight, 19, formerly of Queen Street, Rawtenstall, was found guilty of conspiracy to rape and aiding and abetting rape and Tanveer Butt, 39, of St Alban’s Street, Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy to rape, aiding and abetting rape and rape.

Det Sgt Paul Langley, from Eastern Division’s Public Protection Unit, said: “I am pleased with the sentences given by the court today which reflect the severity of the offences.

“These two girls thought they were going for a night out and instead were given alcohol and drugs and taken to a strange house where they were subjected to an horrific sexual ordeal at the hands of three much older men.

What’s worse is that this abuse was facilitated by someone the victims believed was their friend. “While many victims of child sexual exploitation do not see themselves as victims and have acted voluntarily, it is clear in this case that these girls’ actions were neither voluntary nor consenting.

“Regardless of offenders’ social or ethnic background they are abusing young people and we will continue to target, warn and prosecute them. This behaviour is not just unacceptable, it is criminal.

“We will continue to work with partner agencies on initiatives such as Engage to identify youngsters at risk of exploitation and to prevent them getting caught in a cycle of abuse.”