"It is clear that there were hundreds of episodes of sexual abuse"
A child sex gang of eight men has been jailed for grooming and sexually abusing young teenage girls across the city of Oxford.
The grooming gang operated in Oxford between 1998 and 2005 and sexually abused six young girls who were aged between 13 and 17 when the offences took place.
The trial at Oxford Crown Court which started in October 2017 and lasted over five months, ending in March 2018, found the men all guilty and convicted them of sexual crimes against the vulnerable girls.
The jury at the trial heard five of the victims describe the horrid vile abuse and exploitation they experienced at the hands of these predators. The jury’s deliberation took 107 hours and 31 minutes over 24 days which was a record.
The sentencing of the men started on Monday, June 11, 2018.
Summaries of the personal statements given by each of the victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who are now women, were presented with details of the trauma and effects of the abuse which followed in their lives.
One victim developed serious sleeping problems and major issues to maintain relationships. Another said having to face the abusers in court had ‘re-railed if not de-railed’ her life.
The men were all sentenced to a near total of 90 years in prison at the final part of the hearing on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Two of the men were jailed earlier in 2018 for their part in the gang.
The judge, Peter Ross, at the hearing described the men as ‘sinister’ and said due to the horrid abuse the girls experienced, they were made to feel ‘worthless’ by these men.
Mr Ross said:
“The victims were all vulnerable teenagers.
“They were brought into the group, of which the defendants were part of, through flattery, making them feel a sense of belonging and the provision of alcohol and drugs.
“And the consequence was that sexual abuse of these girls became the norm.
“It is clear that there were hundreds of episodes of sexual abuse. The impact on the victims of these offences has been shattering.
“It must be remembered that each of you in your own way played a part in destroying the lives of these young women.”
The trial heard how these men first started grooming the young girls by friendship to build trust, which was then horribly abused and violated.
The men then on a number of occasions persuaded the young girls into having sex at various addresses across Oxford including at guest houses, in cars and at local parks.
Sexual abuse of the girls took place in a black Nissan Serena people carrier with a licence plate ending ‘SHG’. Describing what the men did using the car, one victim said:
“They would pick the girls, have sex with them, and dump them. Everything happened in that Serena.”
She also said the men would load her with alcohol and drugs and then would ‘take it in turns’ to have sex with her.
Other places where the young girls were sexually used and exploited was in different parts of Oxford, including Oxford City FCs ground Court Place Farm, laybys and Shotover woods.
Some of the girls were intentionally taken to parties and given free-flowing alcohol and drugs in order to then sexually torment them.
Over time, the young girls were subjected to many and continous sexual assaults and gang rapes.
Oliver Saxby QC from the prosecution labelled the abuse of the victims as ‘routine, cynical and predatory sexual exploitation’.
The defence during the hearing stated that the men were mainly ‘immature’ and most of them were also young and still teenagers at the time of their offences, and since then had changed their lives.
Whilst accepting that the fact that some of the men may have been youths and immature at the time, judge Peter Ross did not accept that the severity of their sexual crimes did not deserve lengthy jail terms handed to them.
The men were sentenced and jailed as follows.
Assad Hussain, aged 37, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years.
Moinul Islam, aged 42, was sentenced to a total of 15 years and nine months imprisonment.
Haji Khan, aged 38, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
Kameer Iqbal, aged 39, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.
Alladitta Yousaf, aged 48, was sentenced to seven and half years’ imprisonment
Khalid Hussain, aged 38, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.
Raheem Ahmed, aged 41, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on 16 April 2018.
Kamran Khan, aged 36, was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment On 16 April 2018.
DS Nicola Douglas the investigating officer said:
“None of the perpetrators have admitted their guilt or shown any remorse.”
Praising the victims she said:
“The impact of these offences on the victims, their families and relationships cannot be underestimated.
“There are devastating consequences which last long after the offence is committed.
“Without these women telling their stories, perpetrators who exploit and commit serious sexual offences against some of the most vulnerable children and young adults in our communities will remain hidden, unpunished and free to do more harm.”
Adrian Foster, for the CPS, said:
“These cases are, in effect, organised crime, and we approached this case in the same way we would approach any organised crime case by making connections, and building an understanding of criminal networks.
“We worked closely with Thames Valley Police from early in the investigation to help build the strongest possible prosecution case. Their investigators, and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers and caseworkers, have worked tirelessly to bring this difficult prosecution to court. I thank all who bravely came forward to provide evidence for the prosecution.
“The emotional impact on the victims and their family of the abhorrent actions of these men is impossible to quantify. I hope that these sentences give some small comfort to them.”