The victim reported the offences to police in 2003 but withdrew her allegations after threats
The victims of the Rotherham grooming gang have finally been given justice after eight men have been found guilty and jailed for up to 19 years, for sexually exploiting young girls in Rotherham.
Sageer Hussain, 30, of Goole, was sentenced to a total of 19 years for sexually exploiting the girl under the pseudonym Emma Jackson, 27, at the time when she was just 13.
Hussain’s brother Basharat Hussain, 40 and also of Goole, received 7 years for indecent assault. This will be added to the 25 years he is currently serving for other sexual offences.
Their cousin Mohammed Whied, 32 of Lamberworth is to serve a total of 5 years for aiding and abetting rape.
Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33 of Eastwood was given 17 years on the account of rape and three counts of indecent assault.
Waleed Ali, 34 of Rotherham will serve 13 years for rape and indecent assault. Asif Ali,30, also of Rotherham will serve 12 years on the charge of rape.
Masoued Maliik, 32, of Rotherham was sentenced to 15 years for rape, false imprisonment, and conspiracy to commit indecent assault.
Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Bradgate got jailed for 8 years on conspiracy to commit indecent assault and false imprisonment.
Jackson spoke of her frustration and heartache at the 13 years it has taken for her abusers to be sentenced. She told the Guardian:
“I just couldn’t quite believe it. I felt vindicated. Yet when the verdicts came in it proved to me that justice could have been done 13 years ago. That could have saved me a lot of heartache.”
Jackson told jurors that Sageer Hussain raped her first behind a Boots store when she was just 13. The continuing rapes were watched by the other men involved, and Jackson was told to scream so that she would be heard.
The victim reported the offences to police in 2003 but withdrew her allegations after threats from Hussain. Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, told the court that the three victims were: “Subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men.”
The judge Sarah Wright said: “A campaign of violent rape,” was carried out by Hussain and his friends.
After the hearing, the men showed no signs of remorse. Hussain, in a Channel 4 news interview said the blame lay with the girls who chose to wear miniskirts.
He said: “These young girls that are dressed up i.e miniskirts, stuff like that, and they’re going into the clubs, ending up going with blokes, waking up next morning and scream rape.”
Hussain’s brother Arshid Hussain is already serving 35 years in jail for his part in a grooming gang in 2015.