Ten men sentenced for child sexual exploitation in Rochdale

08/04/2016

Ten men have been sentenced for multiple offences relating to the sexual exploitation of eight victims in the Rochdale area following two trials at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester. Nine of the offenders were sentenced today and one man was sentenced last year after pleading guilty at the start of the first trial. They were sentenced to 127 years in total.

All of the offenders committed offences against one girl who was aged between 14 and 18 when most of the abuse happened.  Three of the men also committed offences against other victims. 

Following the sentencing Alison Cartmell, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said: "Firstly I want to pay tribute to the victims who gave evidence against their abusers in the two trials.  Their courage and fortitude enabled police and prosecutors to build strong cases against these men and to bring them to justice. 

"The offenders targeted their victims because of their age and the vulnerable situations they were in at the time.  They pretended to be their friends and, in some cases, their boyfriends, but in fact they set out to groom them and exploit them for their own ends.  Some of the men plied their victims with large amounts of alcohol or drugs as a way of controlling or even incapacitating them.  Some used violence and threats to intimidate and coerce them into having sex. 

"The CPS has worked closely with Greater Manchester Police and prosecuting counsel throughout this complex and lengthy investigation to help support the victims and to ensure the strongest possible case was put before the juries. 

"These cases are dealt with by dedicated and specially trained police officers and prosecutors and we will continue to work together to bring further charges and prosecute other offenders wherever there is evidence to do so.  

"I hope that today's outcome will act as a warning to those who abuse and exploit children in this way that tackling these crimes remains a priority for police and prosecutors and I hope it provides other victims of sexual abuse with the confidence to contact the police and to seek support."

Individual sentences:

  • Afraz Ahmed was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
  • Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain was convicted in his absence and is currently wanted by police. He was sentenced in his absence to 19 years in prison.
  • Rehan Ali was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
  • Kutab Miah was sentenced to 9 years in prison.
  • Mohammed Dauood was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
  • Abid Khan was sentenced to 6 years 6 months in prison.
  • Mohammed Zahid was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • David Law was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
  • A man who cannot be named for legal reasons was sentenced to 23 years in prison plus 8 years on extended license.
  • Mahfuz Rahman pleaded guilty to three counts of Sexual Activity with a Child and was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months in prison at the beginning of the first trial.