Eleven men found guilty of child sexual exploitation

18/12/2015

Ten men have been found guilty at Bradford Crown Court today of a total of 16 charges of raping a child. An eleventh man, Mohammed Akram, was convicted of sexual activity with a child and a twelfth man, Khalid Mahmood, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to charges of raping a child.

Sulfyan Ziarab, Yasser Kabir, Bilal Ziarab, Taukeer Hussain, Israr Ali,  Nazir Khan, Saqib Younis, Hussain Sardar, Zain Ali, Faisal Khan, were found guilty of 16 offences of raping a girl who was aged between 13 and 14 at the time, between 2011 and 2012. Mohammed Akram was found guilty of  sexual activity with the same girl. Additionally, Taukeer Hussain was also found guilty of one charge of raping a second girl, in 2009.

They will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on 5 February 2016.

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

"These 12 men are responsible for a wide range of crimes involving child sexual exploitation and abuse. Their victims were young, na├»ve and vulnerable, and were deliberately targeted: one victim was systematically groomed;  threatened, exploited and raped. A second victim was also threatened and raped by Taukeer Hussain.

"These victims 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. 

"The jury have seen through the lies the defendants told in an effort to escape justice. This case sends out a very strong message to all those who may be hesitating about coming forward to report matters such as these. We will not tolerate this type abuse on our streets or in our communities. We will bring dangerous criminals who carry out acts of sexual violence against girls to justice."