Two brothers who filmed themselves sexually abusing young girls have been jailed
Two brothers who targeted vulnerable teenage girls in order to sexually abuse them in Greater Manchester have been jailed.
Muhammad Hussain, 20, was convicted of two counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of taking an indecent image of children. Hashim Hussain, 24, was convicted of taking indecent photos/images of children and possessing indecent photos of children.
Muhammad Hussain was sentenced to six years and two months in prison and Hashim Hussain was sentenced to four years in prison at Manchester Minshull St Crown Court today.
Muhammad Hussain raped a 14-year-old in 2016. He videoed himself engaging in sexual activity with the same teenager and another girl on a separate occasion in 2017. He also sexually assaulted a third girl, who was also 14 at the time.
On two separate occasions, his brother Hashim Hussain, 24, took a video of himself sexually abusing young girls while being cheered on by other men.
The brothers groomed vulnerable young girls in Bury so that they felt obliged to engage in sexual acts.
The investigation took three years to complete and was a cross-organisation effort with the CPS, Greater Manchester Police and Bury’s Complex Safeguarding hub, who worked together to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The victims gave detailed evidence to police of the abuse they had been subjected to. Further evidence to support their accounts came from detailed analysis of images on the defendants’ mobile phones, which showed the abusers’ clothing, footwear and jewellery.
Jo Lazzari from the CPS said: "Muhammad and Hashim Hussain treated these young girls as objects for their own sexual gratification. They exploited their vulnerability without any thought to the devastating impact of the abuse on the girls’ lives.
"I would like to thank these very brave young women for supporting the prosecutions and trusting us with their experiences. They described feeling ashamed, but it is the defendants who should now feel the shame of being convicted and jailed as predatory sex offenders.
"I would say to anyone abused in this way please come forward and tell the police what happened to you. You will be listened to and your allegations taken seriously. Victims should not feel they are at fault when they are preyed on by offenders. Everyone has a right to expect respect for their body and not be subjected to unwanted and harmful sexual exploitation. We will continue to work with Greater Manchester Police and other local partners to make sure these cases are brought to justice and I sincerely hope the convictions of their abusers will go some way to helping these young women to rebuild their lives."
Detective Inspector Ian Partington, Senior Investigating Officer, said: "This has been an immensely thorough investigation in order to bring Muhammad and Hashim Hussain to account for their despicable and sickening crimes, and it is a great relief that they are now to spend time behind bars.
"Our investigation team have worked tirelessly to secure today's outcomes, but this would not have been possible had it not been for the courage and resilience of the victims to speak to police and pursue with the trial and to relive that abuse. Everyone in the team pays tribute to their unwavering bravery.
"I know that they believe the journey of the last three years in getting this case successfully through the courts has been worth it, and I join them in hoping that anyone else out there who's a victim of abuse - whether it's in Bury, Greater Manchester, or elsewhere in the country - to come forward and speak to police knowing that information will be treat with the strictest confidence.
"If there are other victims out there who now feel the time is right to come forward, then we are ready and determined to get justice for you, too.
"I would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Bury council for their support in being able to secure these convictions and help rid our town of two remorseless sex offenders and put them where they belong."
Notes to editors
- Jo Lazzari is a District Crown Prosecutor in the CPS North West Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit
- Muhammad Hussain was found guilty of two counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of taking indecent photographs of children
- Hashim Hussain was found guilty of two counts of taking indecent photographs of children and two counts of possessing indecent photographs of children.