Calderdale child abusers jailed for over 150 years

16/06/2016

Thirteen men have been sentenced to more than 150 years in prison for non-recent child sex offences. Four more men will be sentenced tomorrow (17 June) at Leeds Crown Court for five offences, along with a further defendant convicted in an earlier trial. The offending mainly took place in Halifax and Bradford between 2009 and 2011.

One victim was sexually assaulted. The other victim was systematically abused by many men.

The conclusion of the trial  is the culmination of a four year long investigation by West Yorkshire Police  which resulted in 25 defendants being charged in December 2014 with offences including rape, trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, sexual activity with a child, sexual assault, voyeurism, sexual grooming, conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16, causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity without consent and supply of a controlled drug of class B.

Three separate trials have taken place between February and June  2016. The Judge imposed reporting restrictions.
The 13 defendants sentenced to date have amassed 156 years and six months imprisonment between them, with sentencing ranging from five to 25 years. The remaining defendants will be sentenced on 17 June.

Peter Mann, Head of the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "We have worked closely with our colleagues at West Yorkshire Police since the start of this complex and lengthy operation.

"These  men are responsible for a range of crimes involving child sexual exploitation and abuse. One victim was sexually assaulted in a car. The second victim was groomed, and systematically exploited by the older men she associated with. Some of her abusers acted together as a group, grooming her and plying her with drink and drugs. Others took advantage of  her individually.

"Both these young women have shown immense courage and bravery in reporting these matters to the police and in providing evidence to enable us to bring a strong prosecution case to put before a jury.

"This case sends out a very  clear message to all those who may be hesitating about coming forward to report matters such as these.  Make no mistake - we will not tolerate this type abuse on our streets or in our communities. We will not hesitate to bring dangerous criminals who carry out acts of sexual violence to justice."

Sentences:

  • Hedar Ali, 36, of Bradford, was sentenced to 25 years after being found guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
  • Haider Ali, 41, of Halifax, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child and causing a person to engage in sexual activity.
  • Khalid Zaman, 38, of Bradford, was sentenced to 17-and-a-half years after being convicted of two counts of rape and supplying class B drugs.
  • Mohammed Ramzan, 35, of Bradford, was sentenced to 15 years after being found guilty of rape.
  • Haaris Ahmed, 32, of Halifax, was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and with the supply of class B drugs.
  • Tahir Mahmood, 43, of Halifax, was sentenced to 11 years after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and sexual assault.
  • Taukeer Butt, 31, of Halifax, was sentenced to 10 years after being found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child.
  • Amaar Ali Ditta, 27, of Halifax, sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child.
  • Azeem Subhani, 25, of Halifax, was sentenced to nine years after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child.
  • Talib Saddiq, 31, of Halifax, was sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child.
  • Sikander Malik, 31, of Halifax, was sentenced to  seven years after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child.
  • Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 43, of Halifax, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years after being found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child.
  • Aftab Hussain, 37, of Halifax, was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a child.
  • Mansoor Akhtar, 25, of Huddersfield, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child and pleaded guilty to supplying Class B drugs. He was jailed for six years.
  • Sikander Ishaq, 31, of Halifax, was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child.
  • Fasil Mahmood, 37, of Halifax, was jailed for 10 months after he was found guilty of supplying class B drugs.
  • Farquaan Gafar, 31, of Derby, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual touching and will be sentenced at a later date.
  • Sentencing for another member of the gang, who cannot be named for legal reasons at the time of publication, was adjourned.