East of England

'One of worst cases of child sexual abuse' - Chief Crown Prosecutor

15/01/2014

Two men and three teenage boys have been convicted of charges of rape and sexual assault in one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse prosecuted by CPS East of England.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, Grace Ononiwu said: "The fact that eight individuals faced a total of 46 charges of sexual abuse, including some which carry maximum penalties of life imprisonment, demonstrates the extent and seriousness of the offending which was alleged against them.

"This case in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, is one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse we have seen in the East of England Area. The defendants all denied organising and controlling the abuse of five girls who were aged between 12 and 13 years old.

"One girl of 13 years who had learning difficulties was particularly exploited, being forced to perform sexual acts with other males in exchange for money and threatened if she refused. This is child sexual abuse at its worst, preying on the vulnerable for sexual gratification."

Zdeno Mirga, 18, one of the two men convicted, was identified by the prosecution as the ringleader of the group. He faced eight charges of rape, two charges of sexual activity with a child and one charge of causing or inciting child prostitution. Also convicted was Hassan Abdulla, 33, who faced four charges of rape, two charges of sexual activity with a child and three charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Dusan Mirga,20,  who was acquitted, faced one charge of rape, two charges of sexual activity with a child and one charge of assault by penetration. David Ziga, 19, who was acquitted, faced two charges of rape and one charge of sexual activity with a child.

Four teenagers faced a total of eight charges of rape; seven charges of sexual activity with a child; three charges of sexual assault; one charge of causing or inciting a sexual act with a child. One of the teenagers was acquitted.

Ms Ononiwu said: "I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of the young victims who gave evidence against their abusers and brought them to justice and thank the jury who had to make the decisions on each of the 46 separate charges and listen to some very graphic descriptions of what happened to the victims in this case.

"Tackling abuse of this kind is a priority for the CPS and more than ever we are now better equipped to build strong cases and bring those who abuse and exploit children before the courts. We will continue to work closely alongside the police and other agencies to provide extensive support for victims.

"I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report it."