June 2013

Faces of true evil: Judge jails 7 members of depraved sex gang who committed grotesque abuse on young girls for at least 95 years

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Brothers Akhtar Dogar (left) and Anjum Dogar (right) were each given a life sentence with a minimum of 17 years

  • Akhtar Dogar and Anjum Dogar each given life sentences at Old Bailey today

  • Brothers told they would serve a minimum of 17 years behind bars

  • Told they had been found guilty of ‘exceptionally grave crimes’ by judge

  • Mohammed Karrar, 38, was given life with a minimum of 20 years

  • His brother Bassam was also jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years

  • Kamar Jamil, 27, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years

  • Assad Hussain and Zeeshan Ahmed were each jailed for seven years

Seven members of a sadistic paedophile ring were jailed for a total of at least 95 years today as a judge branded their activities ‘true evil’.

All seven were sentenced for a catalogue of offences by Judge Peter Rook, who spoke of how ‘police and social services missed telltale signs’ about the abuse that was taking place.

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Mohammed Karrar (left), 38, was given life with a minimum of 20 years for the ‘dreadful offences’ he committed against the girls. His brother Bassam Karrar (right), 34, was also handed a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years

The judge also praised the victims’ ‘courage in coming forward’ and told two of the defendants: ‘Your offences involved depravation designed to humiliate your victims.’ Members of the public would rightly feel ‘abhorrence’ at what they had done, he added.

Brothers Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, and Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Bassam Karrar, 34, were handed the life terms alongside Kamar Jamil, 27.

Two other defendants, Zeeshan Ahmed, 28, and Assad Hussain, 32, were both jailed for seven years after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child.

The seven defendants were found guilty of a catalogue of offences against the vulnerable underage girls, including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution, last month.

The five-month trial heard the gang sexually exploited girls as young as 11.

Judge Rook told brothers Akhtar and Anjum Dogar they had been found guilty of ‘exceptionally grave crimes’ as he jailed them for life with a minimum of 17 years.

Mohammed Karrar, 38, was given life with a minimum of 20 years for the ‘dreadful offences’ he committed against the girls.

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Kamar Jamil (left), 27, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years while Assad Hussain (right)

The judge said he treated one of his victims as his ‘commodity’ and forced another to carry out ‘depraved sexual’ acts.

He told Karrar, who was found guilty of 18 offences, including rape of a child under 13 and procuring an abortion, conspiracy to rape, child prostitution and trafficking: ‘You do and will continue to represent a high risk to young girls.’

His brother, Bassam Karrar, 34, was also handed a life sentence.

Jailing him for a minimum of 15 years, the judge referred to the ‘grotesque sex acts’ he had carried out with his older brother.

He had been found guilty of nine offences including rape of a child under 13, conspiracy to rape a girl under 13, child prostitution and trafficking, which the judge described as ‘offences of truly exceptional gravity’.

Co-defendant Kamar Jamil, 27, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years after being convicted of eight offences including rape, conspiracy to rape and child prostitution

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Zeeshan Ahmed, 28, was jailed for seven years for two counts of sexual activity with a child

The judge told him: ‘I accept that you were a follower rather than a leader, the leadership role was played by the Dogar brothers.’

But he said Jamil had joined in the group rape of one of the victims and accepted that he was a risk to girls aged 11 to 16.

The judge said the gang had targeted vulnerable girls, and said on occasions ‘the depravity was extreme’.

‘You targeted the young girls because they were vulnerable, underage and out of control,’ he said.

He said each of the six victims had shown ‘enormous courage’ in giving evidence during the trial.

He said they had come ‘knowing that they would be accused of lying, knowing they would have to relive their ordeals, knowing that they have not been believed in the past’.

Assad Hussain, 32, received a total of seven years in prison.

The judge told him he had been convicted of serious offences, although they were in a ‘different league’ to those of his five co-defendants.

‘In my view you do have a predatory sexual interest in young girls and your actions show a callous disregard for the consequences of your actions,’ he said.

The judge said Hussain – who the court heard had lost two young children with his wife because of a congenital defect – had no history of sexual offending and although he had previous convictions, they were ‘of a different nature’.

Zeeshan Ahmed, 28, was jailed for seven years for two counts of sexual activity with a child.

The judge said he had known the girl was aged just 14 and he was still deemed harmful to girls under 16.

Judge Rook told the defendants they had been found guilty by a jury of sexual crimes ‘of the utmost gravity’.

He said: ‘The offences involved the exploitation and abuse of young, highly vulnerable girls in the Oxford area over a long period of time.

‘On occasions, the depravity was extreme. You targeted the young girls because they were vulnerable, underage and out of control.

‘You subjected them to repeated abuse. This was a pattern that repeated itself over and over again.

‘Each victim was groomed, coerced and intimidated to facilitate the commission of offences and make the likelihood of them ever being reported remote. This involved planning.’

He added: ‘The parents were made to feel powerless when their child became entangled in true evil.’

Judge Rook outlined how the men groomed the girls, four of whom faced their attackers in the packed courtroom today.

‘You would build up their trust and provide them with drink, drugs and the attention which they craved,’ he said.

‘From a misguided loyalty to you, they were reluctant to tell the authorities what was happening to them.

‘The jury have found that they came to this court to tell the truth. It is to be hoped that their courage in coming forward to give evidence has not only exposed your activity but will send a message to and act as a deterrent to others who are tempted to act in this way.

‘It is hoped that lessons will be learnt and the authorities now don’t hesitate to take action.’

The seven defendants returned to the court yesterday for the first of a two-day sentencing hearing, where Judge Rook warned he was considering life terms for some of them.

Statements from some of the victims’ parents were read out to the court, which described how the men had ruined theirs and their daughters’ lives.

One of the girls had considered suicide while another suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the abuse, which took place between 2004 and last year in the Oxford area.

One of the mothers wrote of how the family was even forced to leave their home leading to her daughter receiving a phone call in which she was threatened with having her face cut off, and members of her family having their throat slit and being decapitated.

Six of the defendants listened from the dock as prosecutor Noel Lucas QC outlined some of the victim impact statements, but the court heard that Mohammed Karrar had refused to come up from the cells.

Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 28, were also found guilty following the five-month trial.

Police missed several chances to catch the gang members who plucked the girls from the streets and care homes to be drugged and raped.

Some victims relived their ordeals during the trial – describing how they were groomed, beaten, betrayed and sold into prostitution around the country.

One was still so frightened of her attacker that she initially refused to give evidence for fear he would hurt her again.

She had been raped and prostituted at 11 by a man who bought her little gifts and showed her the first affection she had known.

Another victim complained of her plight to police on two occasions but no one was charged.
Police and social workers were forced to apologise for not protecting the girls.

All except two of the men were of Pakistani origin. The Karrar brothers were from north Africa.

The trial followed the jailing last year of Asian men in Rochdale for abusing vulnerable girls, another case where chances to stop the gang were missed.

Earlier this year, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service announced new measures to change and improve their response to sexual offending, particularly involving children.

Police have arrested a further nine men from the Oxford area under Operation Bullfinch.

Akhtar Dogar was found guilty of 11 offences including rape, child prostitution and trafficking. Anjum Dogar was found guilty of 9 offences including rape, child prostitution and trafficking

House of horror: One of the rooms where the girls were taken to be abused – Thames Valley Police of a general view of a room in the Nanford Guest House

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