Eight men have been jailed for a combined total of 96 years for the sexual exploitation of three young girls in Rotherham between 1999 and 2003.
Appearing at Sheffield Crown Court today (Friday 4 November) to receive their sentences were:
· Sageer Hussain, 30, of Tanglewoods, Goole – 19 years in prison
· Mohammed Whied, 32, of Psalters Lane, Kimberworth – 5 years in prison
· Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, of Carlisle Street, Rotherham – 17 years in prison
· Waleed Ali, 34, of Canklow Road, Rotherham – 13 years in prison
· Asif Ali, 30, of Clough Street, Rotherham – 12 years in prison
· Masoued Malik, 32, of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham – 15 years in prison
· Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Upper Clara Street, Bradgate – 8 years in prison
Also in court today was Basharat Hussain, 40, who is currently on remand at HMP Wakefield serving a prison sentence. Hussain was given an additional 7 years to run alongside his current sentence.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Significant sentences have been handed to these individuals for their significant and horrific crimes.
“The rape and sexual abuse of children is completely abhorrent and this group have shown no remorse for their crimes, forcing the young women who came forward to report this awful abuse to relive traumatic experiences before the court.
“We are indebted to the victims, who have supported our investigation and have shown remarkable strength in attending court to give evidence.
“This has been a lengthy and complicated process but I hope they are pleased with today’s results. These dangerous sexual offenders are now behind bars where they can cause no further harm, thanks in large part to the victims’ trust and confidence in our investigation.”
A statement from one of the survivors was read outside of court following sentencing by a representative from Victim Support.
A copy of the statement is below:
“I want to thank South Yorkshire Police (Operation Clover), the Police and Crime Commissioner, Rotherham Council, the ISVA service, Victim Support and, of course, my mum and dad for all of the hard work and support each of them has offered.
“The reality is I have had more support in the last three years than I have ever had before. Things have changed, all I ever wanted was justice and all of these people have helped me to achieve it.
“I know grooming still goes on but I feel that the help is available now if you speak out. Groomers thrive in the silence of others. Speak out and someone will listen. The people who chose to hurt you will be held to account for their actions, no one else, as those who hurt me have found today.
“The survivors of CSE in Rotherham have fought hard and fought with dignity. They have paved the way for others to follow and I hope they feel able to do so. If you see a child in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable please report it, CSE is everyone's issue and we all play a part in stamping it out.”
Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also contact the national helpline Say Something on 116 000. Always call 999 in an emergency.
Monday 17 October
Eight men have been convicted of multiple child sexual exploitation offences against three young girls in Rotherham between 1999 and 2003.
At Sheffield Crown Court today (Monday 17 October) a jury returned guilty verdicts against the following defendants:
· Sageer Hussain, 30, of Tanglewoods, Goole
· Mohammed Whied, 32, of Psalters Lane, Kimberworth
· Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, of Cherry Brook, Eastwood
· Waleed Ali, 34, of Canklow Road, Rotherham
· Asif Ali, 30, of Clough Street, Rotherham
· Masoued Malik, 32, of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham
· Basharat Hussain, 40, of no fixed address and currently on remand at HMP Wakefield
· Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Upper Clara Street, Bradgate
Sageer Hussain was found guilty of four counts of rape and one of indecent assault. Mohammed Whied was found guilty of aiding and abetting rape. Ishtiaq Khaliq was found guilty of rape and three counts of indecent assault. Waleed Ali was found guilty of rape and indecent assault. Asif Ali was found guilty of rape. Masoued Malik was found guilty of rape, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit indecent assault. Basharat Hussain was found guilty of indecent assault. Naeem Rafiq was found guilty of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and false imprisonment.
This follows a four-week trial that began in September 2016 and recalled years of sexual abuse against young girls in Rotherham.
Speaking after the verdict, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate said: “This trial marks the culmination of three years of investigative work by South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Crown Prosecution Service into the calculated and organised sexual exploitation of young girls in Rotherham.
“The verdicts today are of massive importance to the young women who have come forward to report years of horrific sexual abuse at the hands of these criminals.
“They had to endure what no child should and have shown remarkable bravery throughout our inquiry. From coming forward to officers, to providing video and written interviews, through to reliving their traumatic and awful abuse before the jury, they have carried themselves with composure and dignity.
“I am so grateful to these women, many of whom remain incredibly vulnerable, for offering their support to our investigative team and I am so pleased that their voices have been heard and their abusers have been held to account for their vile crimes.
“It is difficult to put into words the damage and impact of sexual exploitation on children, but I hope that by hearing these brave women’s accounts, other victims of this awful crime find the strength to come forward and tell someone what has happened or is happening to them.
“There are a range of agencies available that can offer support to victims of sexual exploitation and our team has had fantastic backing from Victim Support, Barnardos, GROW and the wider voluntary sector. Their staff are extremely passionate about helping victims and survivors and I thank them for their work throughout this investigation.
“I also want to recognise the prosecution barristers who have worked tirelessly alongside us to prepare for trial and have done an incredible job of prosecuting this case at court.
“There remains much to do to tackle this organised and often devious crime, and our officers will continue their work to safeguard victims, identify and apprehend offenders to build further prosecution cases.
“Please, if you are suffering sexual abuse, or know someone who is or has been a victim of this crime, come forward and talk to someone. We have officers who will listen to you, s
upport you and do whatever we can to help you.”
The defendants will appear before Sheffield Crown Court on 4 November to be sentenced.
Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should contact the police on 101 or the new national helpline Say Something on 116 000. The Rotherham Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can also be contacted on 01709 336 080. Always call 999 in an emergency.
Pictured: Top L-R: Mohammed Whied,Waleed Ali, Asif Ali / Middle L-R: Sageer Hussain and Ishtiaq Khaliq / Bottom L-R: Basharat Hussain, Masoued Malik, Naeem Rafiq