“They exploited their vulnerability"
Two brothers have been jailed for filming themselves sexually abusing young girls in Greater Manchester.
20-year-old Muhammad Hussain and his 24-year-old brother Hashim received their sentences at Manchester Minshull St Crown Court.
The court found Muhammad guilty of two counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of taking an indecent image of children.
Hashim was found guilty of both taking and possessing indecent images of children.
On Friday, May 14, 2021, the court sentenced Muhammad to six years and two months in prison. Hashim received a four-year prison sentence.
In 2016, Muhammad Hussain filmed himself sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, as well as another girl on a separate occasion.
He also sexually assaulted a third underage girl, aged just 14.
His brother Hashim Hussain also filmed himself sexually abusing young girls on two separate occasions, alongside cheering and encouragement from other men.
The brothers groomed the girls and bribed them with vodka, so that they felt obliged to engage in sexual activities with them.
The investigation into the brothers’ crimes were spearheaded by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Greater Manchester Police and Bury’s Complex Safeguarding hub.
Speaking of the investigation, 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.”
Partington continued to thank the CPS and Bury Council for their support, and encourages victims of abuse to come forward.
Muhammad and Hashim Hussain’s victims gave detailed evidence of their abuse, leading to the brothers’ conviction.
Further evidence also came from images from the defendants’ phones, showing their clothing, footwear and jewellery.
Jo Lazzari of 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.”
Lazzari went on to encourage other abuse victims to come forward, saying everyone has the right to have their voice heard.