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Rotherham child sexual exploitation gang sentenced to a total of 96 years


Eight men from Rotherham involved in the systematic targeting and sexual exploitation of young girls have today (4 November) been sentenced to a total of 96 years at Sheffield Crown Court.

The defendants were found guilty on 17 October of charges including rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment relating to three victims aged as young as 13 at the time of the offences. The jury convicted all the men on every count.

Peter Mann, Head of the Complex Casework Unit CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said:

"These men waged a depraved campaign of sexual violence and intimidation against young girls in the Rotherham area 13 years ago.

"The victims were subjected to the most horrific abuse at the hands of these men. They have shown immense bravery in coming forward and helping us to build a strong prosecution case. As a result, the jury convicted their abusers of every count.

"These men  have now been sentenced to a total of 96 years in prison,  which I hope is of some comfort to their victims.   We  will continue to work closely with the police to prosecute these complex and sensitive cases, and obtain justice for the victims of such appalling crimes."


  • The eight men went on trial at Sheffield crown court on 12 September 2016
  • All the defendants were prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 which was the relevant Act at the time of these offences.

Sentenced today:

Sageer Hussain, 30,  convicted of four rapes and one indecent assault - jailed for 19 years

Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, guilty of one rape and three indecent assaults - jailed for 17 years

Waleed Ali, 34,  guilty of one rape and one indecent assault - jailed for 13 years

Masoued Malik, 32,  guilty of one rape, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment - jailed for 15 years

Asif Ali, 30, convicted of one rape - jailed for 12 years

Naeem Rafiq, 33, convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment - jailed for eight years

Basharat Hussain, 40, convicted of one indecent assault - jailed for seven years

Mohammed Whied, 32, guilty of one count of aiding and abetting rape - jailed for five years 


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