Six men convicted of Rotherham grooming gang offences
UPDATED: Five men were sentenced on 30 August 2018. Read the notes to editors for the full breakdown of their sentences.
Six men have been convicted of grooming young girls in Rotherham in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Aftab Hussain, 40, Sharaz Hussain, 35, Abid Saddiq, 38, Masaued Malik, 35, and two other men aged 35, and 32, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were found guilty of various sexual offences today (28 August) after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
Seven of their victims gave evidence at court to describe what had happened to them.
They are the latest to be convicted after a Crown Prosecution Service prosecution following the National Crime Agency's Operation Stovewood investigation into non-recent sexual offences in Rotherham.
Kate Hurst, of the CPS Organised Crime Division, said: "Each of these men knew the girls were either vulnerable and underage, and in some cases both, when they raped or sexually assaulted them. They were reckless and did not care if they were children or not.
"Some of the men used threats of violence and they often had sex with these children while they were drunk or high on drugs. They tried to deny their responsibility claiming that the victims were lying or that they did not know they were underage.
"Our team worked very closely with the NCA over a significant period of time during the course of this investigation in advising, building and preparing this case effectively for trial.
“We were able to prove that these predators targeted and then abused girls in Rotherham for their own sexual satisfaction."
The men were due to be sentenced on Friday, 30 August, at Sheffield Crown Court.
Notes to editors
Kate Hurst is Unit Head for the CPS Organised Crime Division North
Convictions and sentences in this trial:
- A 40-year-old man – two indecent assaults (five years' imprisonment for each offence to be served concurrently/at the same time as each other) - a total of five years, with half to serve before release on licence.
- Sharaz Hussain (DOB: 08/08/1984) – four indecent assaults (4 yrs imprisonment on each, to be served concurrently) - a total of 4 years imprisonment, with half to serve before release on licence.
- Abid Saddiq (DOB: 20/01/1981) – four indecent assaults (five years' imprisonment on each, to be served concurrently with each other), two rapes (8 yrs concurrent and 12 yrs to be served consecutive to the 8 yr sentence), and two abductions (2 yrs imprisonment on each). He was acquitted of a further indecent assault. A total of 20 years' imprisonment, with half to serve before release on licence.
- A 35-year-old man – one indecent assault (9 yrs) and two child abductions (1 yr for each concurrent) - a total of 10 years, with half to serve before release on licence.
- Masaued Malik (DOB: 03/08/1984) – three indecent assaults (five years' imprisonment for each offence, to be served concurrently with each other) - a total of five years, with half to serve before release on licence.
- A 32-year-old man – two indecent assaults. He was acquitted of a rape and an indecent assault. To be sentenced at a later date.
- They are the latest convictions arising from the Operation Stovewood investigation into non-recent sexual offences in Rotherham.
- Riaz Mahmood (six yrs nine months), Sajid Ali (seven years and six months) and Zaheer Iqbal (seven years and six months) were sentenced in November 2017 at Sheffield Crown Court after they were found guilty of a total of 15 offences of indecent assault
- In February 2018 Asghar Bostan, 47, was sentenced for 9 yrs in prison after he was found guilty of raping a teenager twice in the early 2000s.
- In May 2018 Khuram Javed, 35, was sentenced to two years' imprisonment after being found guilty of a sexual assault.
- In May 2018 Tony Chapman, 42, was sentenced to 21 years with for years extended sentence, after admitting 12 indecent assaults, and being found guilty of three rapes, actual bodily harm, and threats to kill.
- In October 2018 Darren Hyett, 55, was jailed for nine years after sexually abusing a teenager three times.
- In November 2018, Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, Nabeel Kurshid, Iqlak Yousaf, Tanweer Ali, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, Asif Ali, and a 40-year-old were jailed for a total of 101 years over 24 offences.
- A further trial is due to go ahead in February 2020 for four defendants accused of 12 offences including rape and indecent assault