Three men convicted and jailed for child sexual exploitation offences - Oxford

01/07/2016

Three men appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Friday, 01 July 2016, and were jailed for a combined total of 32-years imprisonment for child sexual exploitation offences in Oxford.

The men were sentenced after being found guilty on 21 and 22 June 2016, by a jury, after an 8-week trial at Oxford Crown Court of various child sexual exploitation offences.  The three men were convicted and sentenced as follows:

Assad Hussain, aged 35, of Iffley Road, Oxford, was convicted of four counts of rape, one count of threats to kill, and two counts of indecent assault. He was acquitted of one count of rape and one count of indecent assault. The jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts of indecent assault. He was sentenced to a total of 12 years imprisonment.

Aktar Dogar, age 35, of HMP Bullingdon, was convicted of one count of indecent assault, three counts of rape, and one count of making a threat to kill. He was sentenced to a total of ten years imprisonment. This sentence will run concurrently to a life sentence he is already serving for convictions in 2013 as part of Operation Bullfinch.

Anjum Dogar, age 34, of HMP Bullingdon, was convicted of one count of rape and one count of indecent assault. He was acquitted of one count of rape. The jury failed to reach a verdict on one count of indecent assault. He was sentenced to a total of ten years imprisonment. This sentence will run concurrently to a life sentence he is already serving for convictions in 2013 as part of Operation Bullfinch.

Two other men, who stood trial in this case, were acquitted of all of the offences they faced as follows:

Owais Khan, aged 32, of Belvedere Road, Oxford, was acquitted of one count of indecent assault and five counts of rape.

Alladitta Yousef, aged 46, of Bodley Road, Oxford, was acquitted of four counts of indecent assault.

As part of this investigation, known as Operation Sabaton, about 150 police officers executed warrants at nine properties across Oxford at 6am on 2 June last year. A number of men were arrested on that day and in the subsequent weeks.

The offences related to one female victim and occurred at various locations across Oxford between 1999 and 2007.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "The 15-year-old victim in this case was groomed and exploited by a sex gang between November 1999 and April 2007. She was a vulnerable girl with a difficult background. The defendants enticed her into a cycle of abuse and robbed her of her childhood. Once befriended, given attention and made to feel wanted, a sexual relationship was established through which the victim was used, abused and exploited for the sexual gratification and entertainment of the defendants and others.  A number of tactics were deployed to condition the victim and ensure compliance ranging from insincere flattery, the giving of gifts, plying with alcohol and drugs, and the use of threats. Ultimately, fear of non-compliance eroded her free will to consent. Emotional abuse, coercion and bribery provide no basis for free consent in law. It should be remembered that this girl was a child when this abuse began.

"Those convicted failed to accept any responsibility for their actions, but the jury has carefully sifted and evaluated the evidence and delivered their verdicts. These men must now face full responsibility for their actions. I thank the jury for their careful attention and deliberation in this case.

"The Crown Prosecution Service is becoming increasingly adept at securing convictions and delivering justice for victims of child sexual abuse. There has been a fundamental shift in the way the CPS approaches child sexual exploitation cases; we now look at the credibility of the allegation rather than the credibility of the victim. We recognise that victims are often targeted because they are vulnerable and that the abusers think that a victim will not be believed because of their chaotic lifestyle.

"These cases are, in effect, organised crime, and we approached this case in the same way we would approach any organised crime case by making connections, and building an understanding of perpetrator networks.  We worked closely with Thames Valley Police from early in the investigation to help build the strongest possible prosecution case. Their investigators, and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers and caseworkers have worked tirelessly to bring this difficult prosecution to court.  I thank all who bravely came forward to provide evidence for the prosecution.

"I urge any victims of sexual offences to come forward and report their abuse.  We will support you in giving evidence so that your attackers can be brought to justice and others like you can be saved from the horrific ordeal of abuse.  The emotional impact on the victim and her family of the abhorrent actions of these men is impossible to quantify. I hope that the convictions and todays sentences give some small comfort to them.  Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Following today's sentencing hearing, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Glover, of the Major Crime Team, said: "These convictions and sentences demonstrate Thames Valley Police's commitment to tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE).

"Tackling CSE remains a priority for the Force and, where we suspect there is CSE, we will disrupt it by a number of means.

"This investigation and other serious cases are now investigated by experienced and highly-trained detectives in our Major Crime team, who have traditionally investigated murders and other serious offences.

"We are now in a stronger position to identify, prevent, disrupt and make prosecutions in relation to CSE. This is because we have invested millions of pounds into training frontline staff and officers, including working with victims of CSE during this training. We have also funded educational programmes in schools.

"We are also working with partner agencies to share information. In Oxfordshire we have a dedicated unit, the Kingfisher team, where police, social workers, health and education professionals work together.

"The welfare of victims is our priority. In this case we have had dedicated police officers, and social workers supporting the victim. I want to pay tribute to the victim, who has shown immense bravery while having to re-live the abuse she suffered by giving evidence in court.

"I hope cases like this give victims the confidence to come forward and to speak to the police so we can investigate, or, if they would prefer refer them to other organisations which can provide help and support.

"There might be people reading this today who are being abused or who have been abused in the past. If this is the case then please pick up the phone and call us on our 24-hour number 101. If you don't want to speak to police you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We will listen to you and we will support you."