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Brothers found to have committed indecent assaults on children in 1960s and 1970s

|News, Sexual offences

Three brothers have been found to have committed sexual offences against children in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Nazir Ahmed, 64, was found guilty today by a Sheffield Crown Court jury of buggery against a boy in Rotherham. Ahmed was also convicted of twice attempting to rape a girl.

Buggery was the legal term for a specific sexual assault at the time of the offences.

Mohammed Tariq, 65, and Mohammed Faroq, 71, who were both found unfit to plead or take part in the trial, were found to have committed indecent assaults.

The abuse by each of the men was carried out on younger vulnerable children in a series of assaults and was repeated many times when the defendants were teenagers but when their victims were much younger. 

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “We asked the jury to dispassionately consider the evidence against each of these men and decide if they could be sure that our prosecution had proved they committed these crimes.  

“By these verdicts the jury has clearly decided that no matter the delay between the offences and the trial, and the defences raised, they could be sure that the accounts of the victims were credible and true. 

“One of these defendants held a position of power, influence and responsibility for some time in the House of Lords but this case clearly illustrates that where there is sufficient evidence, even in challenging cases, the CPS will bring a prosecution, put evidence before a jury and see rightful convictions."

Ms Ainslie added: “The case also gives an insight into the challenges police and prosecutors face in dealing with huge amounts of information arising from an investigation, and disclosing it properly to the defence to allow a fair trial.  

“Disclosure failures should not happen. But the case also shows our determination to admit problems, overcome them and pursue the case, and the court’s ability to ensure the defendants receive a fair trial and their victims see justice.” 

The three men will be sentenced on 4 February.

Notes to editors

  • The CPS Special Crime Division deals with the most complex and sensitive cases in England and Wales including disasters, serious criminal allegations against police officers, corporate manslaughter and election offences
  • Each of the complainants in this case has lifelong anonymity to prevent them being identified. Please refer to the court for any reporting restrictions
  • Nazir Ahmed [DOB: 24/April/1957] was convicted of: 
    • 1/ buggery on a day between April and November 1972 with a boy under 11
    • 2/ indecent assault on a male on a day between April and November 1972 indecently assaulted  a boy under 11
    • 3/ attempted rape on a day between September 1973 and October 1974 of a girl aged under 16
    • 4/ attempted rape on a day between September 1973 and October 1974 of  a girl aged under 16
  • Mohammed Tariq [DOB: 06/01/1956] was found to have committed:
    • 5/ indecent assault on a male on a day between January 1970 and November 1972 indecently assaulted a boy under 11
    • 6/ indecent assault on a male on a day between January 1970 and November 1972 indecently assaulted a boy under 11
  • Mohammed Farouq [DOB: 14/10/1950] was found to have committed:
    • 7/ indecent assault on a male on a day between July 1968 and July 1969 indecently assaulted a boy under 8
    • 8/ indecent assault on a male on a day between July 1969 and July 1971 indecently assaulted a boy under 10
    • 9/ indecent assault on a male on occasions between July 1969 and July 1971 indecently assaulted a boy under 10
    • 10/ indecent assault on a male on a day between the July 1971 and the November 1972, indecently assaulted a boy aged under 11.

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