Grooming Gang Ringleader caused ‘Lifelong Trauma’ for Victim

A court heard how a convicted grooming gang ringleader caused “lifelong trauma” for one victim, whom he met when she was 12.

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"You have shown no remorse at all."

A convicted grooming gang ringleader has been jailed for a further 12 years after another victim of his historic sex crimes came forward.

Mubarek Ali, who called himself Max, raped and pimped the victim out over several years after “charming and sweet talking” her when they first met when she was just 12.

Ali was convicted of six counts involving rape, trafficking for sexual exploitation and sexual activity with a child.

He was already serving time in HMP Hewell, having been handed a 14-year sentence in 2012 for a string of sexual offences.

Now aged 32, the victim came forward after Ali was sentenced along with six others, including his brother Ahdel, for sex crimes against teenagers in Telford.

Some of the victims were trafficked around the UK.

Ali was sentenced to 12 years in prison with an extended licence period of eight years.

Judge Peter Barrie described the victim as a “vulnerable girl” who had been through a difficult childhood and was “desperate for a stable, loving relationship”.

The judge told Ali: “You were eight years older. You seemed the sort of person who could provide stability and affection.

“She thought she was in love with you and could not see how abusive the relationship had become.”

By the time the girl reached 14, Ali began plying her with alcohol and cannabis. The sexual abuse then started.

Judge Barrie said: “You expected her to have sex with you even though she was under the age of consent. It became normalised behaviour for her.”

Ali, who was in his 20s at the time, sexually abused her in hotels in Telford, at his mother’s house in Wellington, Shropshire, and in broad daylight in front of a “disgusted” dog walker in the town.

He also pimped her out to local restaurant workers.

The abuse happened between 2004 and 2008.

As the girl matured, she became less easy to manipulate and Ali resorted to violent verbal threats and abuse on multiple occasions.

Judge Barrie added: “Not content with having a relationship that involved frequent sex for yourself, you took advantage of the hold you had over her to get her to have sex with other men.

“At restaurants, people would queue up to have sex with her and you gave out her phone number so other men could make arrangements with her.”

The judge accused the grooming gang leader of making money and gaining perverse sexual gratification from what he put her through.

“You coerced and humiliated her and caused her severe psychological harm.”

He noted that Ali, who was released in 2017 after serving two-thirds of his sentence before being returned to jail for breaching his licence regulations, had shown no remorse for his crimes or insight into the impact they had.

He said: “You have shown no remorse at all.

“There continues to be a high risk that you may cause serious harm to young females through the commission of further offences against them.

“I should continue to treat you as a dangerous offender.”

The judge thanked the victim for her bravery in coming forward.

Earlier, the court heard victim impact statements by the victim and her sister.

The victim described a disturbed childhood where she flitted in and out of care and was exposed to lots of domestic violence emanating from one of her mother’s relationships.

She ended up living in Telford and met ‘Max’ when she was 12.

She said: “I thought I was in love with him. His name was all over my school books.

“By this time I had suffered so much trauma. My life as a child was unstable and abusive.”

“He saw a young, vulnerable child and groomed me into thinking he loved me.”

She said she was left with “overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame. I feel disgusted by what he put me through. Every day is a struggle”.

Her sister said she felt guilty about laughing along with other family members, who teased the victim about her “boyfriend Max”.

She explained: “I believed he had been a boyfriend until my mid-20s. The events made her want to take her own life.

“Now I am angry at my family – Mum and Dad who could not see what was happening to her.”

Ali was part of the gang brought to justice by West Mercia Police in 2012 as part of Operation Chalice – one of the biggest inquiries in the force’s history.

After sentencing, Detective Sergeant Cindi Lee said:

“We welcome the sentence given to Ali yesterday by the judge, and even though I welcome it, it does not take away the lifelong trauma he caused the victim and her family.

“Ali is a highly dangerous individual who preyed on young girls, and it is incomprehensible that he would commit such crimes against them.

“For the victim to come forward and to report these crimes it took a lot of courage and strength, and I would like to commend her for her bravery throughout the investigation.”



Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".



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