Rotherham child sex gang shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ in court as they are jailed for 80 years for abusing girls, including one who became pregnant at just 12, after being groomed with alcohol and drugs
- Six members of child sex gang given sentences between 10 years and 20 years
- Two of the defendants shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as they were led away from dock
- The gang sexually abused two young Rotherham girls between 1999 and 2001
- One victim fell pregnant aged 12 after being groomed with alcohol and drugs
Brothers Basharat Dad, 32, Nasar Dad, 36, both from Rotherham, and Tayab Dad, 34, of Tinsley, Sheffield, were jailed for sex offences along with Matloob Hussain, 41, Mohammed Sadiq, 40, both from Rotherham, and Amjad Ali, of Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
Basharat Dad was jailed for 20 years, Nasar Dad was given 14 years and six months, Tayab Dad was given 10 years, Hussain was given 13 years, Sadiq was given 13 years and Ali was given 11 years.
The girl’s pregnancy made headlines in 2001 when she was portrayed as one of Britain’s youngest ever mothers.
Although five men were arrested, there were no prosecutions at the time after the victim told police she could not say which of the men she had had sex with was the father.
Judge Wright said in court today that she had ‘no hesitation’ in finding that the girl could not remember because she was heavily under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
He paid tribute to the woman, who was sitting just a few feet away from her in the packed courtroom as the men were jailed.
The judge said: ‘As a result of what happened to her, her childhood and adolescence was taken from her.
‘She remarkably transformed her life from thereon, putting her own child first.
‘Hers is a tale of the most astonishing dedication and bravery.’
‘MY CHILD WAS THE PRODUCT OF EVIL’: AGONY OF GIRL WHO FELL PREGNANT AT 12 AFTER BEING REPEATEDLY RAPED
Judge Sarah Wright described how one of the child sex gang’s victims was plied with alcohol and drugs and was having sex with a number of men from the age of 11.
She became pregnant a year later.
The victim, in a statement read to the court, said: ‘Being raped so many times I hadn’t any idea who the biological father was.
‘There’s evil and truly evil people in the world. I feel my child was the product of pure evil.
‘I was drawn into a world of fear, rape and horrific abuse. I lost my childhood at the hands of those men.
She described how she was shunned by many in her community who called her worse things than ‘dirty, cheap slag’.
She said: ‘No-one understood. No-one wanted to understand.
‘I felt lost, isolated, trapped, ashamed and completely worthless.
‘I was completely owned by these dirty old men who would do with me whatever then wanted, whenever they wanted.
‘I now have a young daughter coming up to the age where Bash and his brother made me do these awful things. My greatest fear in life is that someone like them will take her away and make her do terrible things as they made me do.’
In the impact statement read to the court, the woman said: ‘I was drawn into a world of fear, rape and horrific abuse. I lost my childhood at the hands of those men.’
She described how she was shunned by many in her community who called her worse things than ‘dirty, cheap sl*g’.
She said: ‘No-one understood. No-one wanted to understand. I felt lost, isolated, trapped, ashamed and completely worthless.
‘I was completely owned by these dirty old men who would do with me whatever then wanted, whenever they wanted.’
The sentencing marks the end of a series of three major trials after the Jay Report on child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Professor Alexis Jay’s report, in 2014, provoked a wave of shock when she described how more than 1,400 children had been groomed, trafficked and raped in the town over a 16-year period.
The three trials – based around two families and their associates – have resulted in 18 people being jailed for sentences totalling more than 280 years.
The investigation that resulted in today’s sentences, called Operation Thunder, is the last into CSE in Rotherham to be led by police.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has taken over all historic Rotherham CSE investigations with a team of more than 100 working on over a dozen inquiries.
Last year, the NCA said it had engaged with 133 victims and survivors but investigators were confident that Prof Jay was right when she said in her report that the total was around 1,400.
The agency said it was looking at hundreds of potential suspects.
Speaking outside court on Thursday, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate, from South Yorkshire Police, said: ‘This is our third significant inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and, with the lengthy jail terms handed down to these individuals today, we have now put 18 criminals behind bars for over 280 years.
‘Following the successes achieved, we will now continue to move forward using the learning and best practice we have acquired over the last few years, through work done with our brave victims, their families and partnership agencies, to apply this practice to future investigations.
‘I’d encourage any victims and survivors out there who are yet to come forward to please get in touch or tell someone you trust. Officers and specialist support agencies are here to listen, to investigate and to bring perpetrators of this heinous crime before the courts.’