Bilal Hussain will be released May 2021

Shazad Rehman will be released Noevmebr 2021

November 2014

Evil schoolgirl rapist loses appeal against convictions

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A kerb-crawling rapist who preyed on vulnerable schoolgirls will stay behind bars after losing an appeal against his convictions.

Uncle and nephew Shazad Rehman (pictured above) , 32, and Bilal Hussain, 25, (pictured below) found the 14-year-old girls walking the streets of Keighley, plied them with drink and drugs and took them to hotels in Bradford and Batley for sex.

In March last year, Rehman was jailed for 18-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of supplying cannabis, three rapes and other sexual assaults.

His accomplice, Hussain got 17-and-a-half years for his part in the series of crimes

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Rehman, of Halifax, continues to claim he is innocent and took his case to the Court of Appeal, where three senior judges rejected his complaints.

Mr Justice Stewart said there was no reason to think the convictions were wrong and that the sentence was richly deserved.

‘We have no hesitation in upholding the sentence as one which is not even arguably manifestly excessive,’ he said.

The court heard all of the victims were vulnerable and were known to social services.

Rehman was said by one of the witnesses in the case to have referred to them as ‘fresh meat’.

His lawyers argued that the crown court judge was wrong to allow the prosecution to adduce ‘bad character’ evidence.

The evidence was of another occasion when he was said to have approached young girls in the street.

There was also material which suggested he had driven his car into a school grounds during class hours.

The prosecution said it showed a propensity to target youngsters for sex, but his lawyers said it did more harm than was necessary to his defence.

But Mr Justice Stewart, who heard the appeal with Lord Justice Pitchford and Judge Simon Tonking, said the evidence was rightly admitted at the trial.

‘These were all matters for the jury to take into account,’ he said.

‘What cannot be said was that it was unjust to allow in the evidence.

‘There is nothing unsafe about the convictions of the applicant.’

Upholding the sentence, he referred to the description of Rehman’s actions by the trial Judge Jonathan Rose as “wicked and determined”.

He had caused ‘incalculable harm’ to the girls, the judge concluded.

During the trial it was heard that after Rehman and Hussain, of Leeds, had sexually abused the girls, they gave them a few pounds for a MacDonald’s, a KFC, Skittles or crisps and paid for their bus or taxi fare home.

The girls did not tell anyone at the time because they thought they would be labelled “slags” who were “up for it”.

Locking them up, Judge Rose told them: “I don’t have a shadow of doubt that you caused incalculable psychological harm to your victims.”

March 2013

Keighley rape trial: Bilal Hussain and Shazad Rehman jailed

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Two men have been jailed for drugging and raping vulnerable under-age girls they found walking the streets.

Shazad Rehman, 30, was jailed for 18-and-half years and Bilal Hussain, 23, was jailed for 17-and-a-half years at Bradford Crown Court.

Judge Jonathan Rose said the men “engaged in a course of conduct which has become increasingly and depressingly familiar in this country”.

Hussain, of Leeds and Rehman, of no fixed address, raped three girls.

The pair repeatedly raped one girl and also raped two other victims they picked up in the Keighley area of West Yorkshire.

The pair had denied nine rape charges but the jury found them guilty after two days of deliberation.

The court heard Rehman and Hussain plied the girls with alcohol and cannabis and took them to hotels for sex.

Rehman referred to the girls as “fresh meat”, the court heard.

Prosecutor Michelle Colborne QC had told the court: ”They acted together travelling from their various home addresses in Leeds and Halifax to the Keighley town centre where they specifically targeted vulnerable girls, all under-age.”

She said some of the girls had difficult backgrounds or were emotionally fragile.

”They were out of their depth,” the jury was told.

”They were supplied with strong alcohol and cannabis, enticed to believe they would have fun, that they were special.

“In truth what was on offer was beyond their control.”

Ms Colborne had told the court the defendants “exploited the girls’ lack of maturity, their lack of life experience”.

‘Keep them forever’

Jurors heard drink and drugs were given to the girls to lessen their inhibitions, or in some cases to leave them incapable of resisting sexual advances.

Some of the rapes took place at the Alder House Hotel, Batley, and the Campanile Hotel in Bradford, after the complainants had been picked up by the defendants in a silver Audi, the court was told.

After one of the girls told Hussain she thought she was pregnant, he said she had to terminate the pregnancy or he would kill the baby himself.

Ms Colborne said Rehman had boasted to a woman they could get any girl they wanted.

”He said they had no reputation and if they got them young enough they could keep them forever,” she told the court.

Both men were also convicted of supplying cannabis and a charge of conspiring to intimidate a witness