Twenty men convicted of multiple sex offences against young girls
Twenty men have been convicted of serious sexual offences in Huddersfield in a series of trials, it can be reported today (19 October).
Four men were convicted on 8 October at Leeds Crown Court of multiple sexual offences against young girls in the Huddersfield area between 2004 and 2011.
The convictions come as part of a series of linked trials related to a police investigation into the systematic sexual exploitation of young and vulnerable girls.
The offending took place in the Huddersfield area between 2004 and 2011.
A total of sixteen defendants were previously convicted in two separate trials earlier this year at Leeds Crown Court of multiple sex offences against young girls.
The first trial began on 8 January 2018 and eight defendants were sentenced on 7 June 2018. The second trial began on 18 April 2018 and eight defendants were sentenced on 22 June 2018, and a further four defendants were convicted on 8 October and sentenced on 1 November. Sentences ranged from three years to life imprisonment.
Michael Quinn from the CPS said: “This case involved the cynical exploitation of a number of young girls by a group of older men in the Huddersfield area. These men deliberately targeted their vulnerable victims, grooming and exploiting them for their own sexual gratification. The men sometimes used threats and violence and plied their victims with alcohol or drugs. Throughout the years of offending, these men cared only for themselves and viewed these girls as objects to be used and abused at will.
“This series of prosecutions has been the result of two years’ close collaboration between West Yorkshire Police and the CPS. The evidence, reviewed by the CPS following an intensive and complex police investigation, included hours of detailed victim evidence against a large number of potential suspects, relating to numerous allegations over six years.
“At the heart of this case are the victims, who have all suffered trauma as a result of their childhood abuse at the hands of these men. Each of them has shown immense courage in coming forward to assist the investigation and support the prosecution case.
“I sincerely hope the convictions of their abusers today will go some way to helping these young women to rebuild their lives. Our thoughts remain with them.”
Notes to editors
- Michael Quinn is Head of the Complex Casework Unit at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
- Reporting of the outcomes of the previous trials has not been permitted until today for legal reasons
- The first trial began on 8 January 2018. The following defendants were convicted on 17 April 2018 and sentenced on 7 June 2018:
- Amere Dhaliwal (25/10/82) – Life imprisonment minimum term 17 years 312 days
- Irfan Ahmed (25/9/84) – 8 years' imprisonment
- Zahid Hassan (3/03/89) – 18 years' imprisonment
- Mohammed Kammer (12/6/84) – 16 years' imprisonment
- Mohammed Rizwan Aslam (30/09/87) – 15 years' imprisonment
- Abdul Rehman (7/4/87) – 16 years' imprisonment
- Raj Singh Barsran (23/3/84) – 17 years' imprisonment
- Nahman Mohammed (17/11/85) – 15 years' imprisonment
- The trial of a second group of defendants began on 18 April 2018. The following defendants were convicted on 5 June 2018 and sentenced on 22 June 2018:
- Mansoor Akhtar (4/6/91) – 8 years' imprisonment
- Wiqas Mahmud (28/8/80) – 15 years' imprisonment
- Nasarat Hussain (23/6/88) – 17 years' imprisonment
- Sajid Hussain (20/2/85) – 17 years' imprisonment
- Mohammed Irfraz (28/5/88) – 6 years' imprisonment
- Faisal Nadeem (20/7/86) – 12 years' imprisonment
- Mohammed Azeem (5/8/85) – 18 years' imprisonment
- Manzoor Hassan (5/3/80) – 5 years' imprisonment
- Four defendants were convicted on 8 October and sentenced on 1 November:
- Mohammed Akram (28/6/85) - 17 years' imprisonment
- Niaz Ahmed (19/1/64) - 5 years' imprisonment
- Mohammed Ibrar (11/6/84) - 3 years' imprisonment
- Asif Bashir (25/1/85) - 11 years' imprisonment