Violent Child Grooming Gang Jailed for Total of 116 Years
The men were jailed today the Bradford Crown Court as Judge Durham Hall
The depraved and violent grooming gang who plied young victims with alcohol before raping them have been jailed for almost 116 years, according to reports.
The victim of the sex gang in Bradford, UK spoke of how the nine men had a harrowing impact on her life following the abuse.
The men were jailed today the Bradford Crown Court as Judge Durham Hall stated the girls were 'sexually abused following grooming' and 'violence.'
According to one of the victims statement that was read out in court, she was 'nothing but a toy to play with' by the gang.
She said: 'I have the most irrational thoughts because of anxiety.
"I have fear going to the shops, and very rarely go to restaurants or out on an evening with friends.
"I was manipulated, used, nothing but a toy to play with. I understand this because new relationships are so much different.
"I have had years of counseling to understand it wasn't love it was grooming.
"When Basharat was arrested I could not leave the house for three months.
"I had to leave my job because of the dread of him or someone he knew walking through the door.
"It pains me to see my dad in panic at the thought of Basharat turning up at our house."
Prosecutor, Kama Mell QC said that the vulnerable teenagers had been 'ripe and vulnerable to manipulation' and subjected to horrific sexual abuse at the hands of the men sot hey could 'satisfy their sexual desires'.
The two victims have been taken into care but had run away from their local authority home in Bradford.
But the staff had no power to prevent the girls from leaving at night.
Throughout the sentencing, Judge Durham Hall said 'no court in England and Wales seems to have escaped grooming by groups or individuals of grown men of vulnerable young persons.'
He added: "As the knowledge of the opportunity to take advantage of damaged young people spreads, it is not uncommon for young men to get involved.
"In the trial it was clear you didn't get it, and some of you still do not get it now.
"The damage and hurt you have caused for your sexual pleasure has been revealed to all, and the lengths some of you went to corrupt and groom a girl are truly appalling, and then threaten and to rape her beyond description.
"[The victims] were relentlessly, by Basharat Khaliq and the other eight of you, sexually abused following grooming and, whether there is or isn't a connection to the groomers through blatant violence, over a period of years."
"The jury have seen this case for what it was.
"Clear, determined and insidious grooming."
According to the Daily Mail report the statement from the other victim was also read out in court.
She said: "I have been diagnosed with depression, PTSD, anxiety since I was 15.
"I struggle to sleep, and when I do, I have nightmares.
"I have previous issues with self-harm and multiple suicide attempts.
"I struggle to leave the house due to anxiety which prevents me from living a full life, and has spent my adult life on medication.
"I have seen a mental health worker every two weeks for seven years.
"My scars greatly affect my confidence and self-worth and are a constant reminder of what I have been through.
"The drug and alcohol misuse has had a large effect on my health, such as abnormal liver function.
"I showed signs of a promising future and was predicted A*s and wanted to be a lawyer. Because of the abuse I dropped out of school and was in trouble with the police.
"My offending stopped when the abuse stopped, but my criminal record and mental health has had an impact on me and will in the future.
"The abuse resulted in the forced adoption of my eldest daughter. There was never an issue with my parenting ability; it was just the lifestyle around the abuse, meaning I could not form a relationship with my daughter.
"Rebuilding my life has been hard to do while my abusers walk the streets, but hopefully getting justice is the first step in my path of doing this."
Basharat Khaliq was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
He was given 16 years for each of the five counts of rape, served concurrently, and four years for assault by penetration, to be served consecutively.
He saluted to the public gallery as he was led from the dock.
Saeed Akhtar was jailed for 20 years.
He was also given two five year terms for causing or inciting child prostitution, to be served concurrently.
Naveed Akhtar was jailed for 17 years, Parvaze Ahmed was jailed for 17 years, Izar Hussain was given a 16-year sentence.
Kieran Harris was jailed for 17 years; he was described by one of his victims as 'an evil, pixie-faced man.'
Fahim Iqbal was jailed for seven years for aiding and abetting rape.
Mohammed Usman, found guilty of two counts of rape, has been jailed for 17 years.
Zeeshan Ali was jailed for 18 months for sexual assault.
Yesterday afternoon the jury returned unanimous verdicts on all but one of the defendants following a seven-week trial at Bradford Crown Court.
However, today the jury found 37-year-old Yasar Majid not guilty of one count of rape by a majority verdict.
Basharat Khaliq, 38, of Bradford, known as Bash, was found guilty of five counts of rape and one count of assault by penetration.