Four men found guilty of roles in sexual abuse and rape of underage British girl
Four members of a UK “grooming gang” have been found guilty of sexually grooming and raping a British child, who the court heard was passed around “like a piece of meat” by the men.
The jury heard how the 15-year-old girl was treated like “nothing more than an object” by the men – described as “Asian” by the British media – who used and abused her for their own sexual gratification.
The four grooming gang members — Shangar Ibrahimi, Kawan Omar Ahmed, Jasim Mohammed, and Nzar Anwar — were all found guilty on charges of child rape.
A fifth man, Saba Mohammed, was also found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The gang was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday and will return for sentencing on Friday 13 March.
The court was told by the prosecution that the men used the young victim, now in her twenties, as a sexual “object.”
The court heard that the rapists were “able to use and abuse her sexually for their own sexual gratification,” reports the Birmingham Mail.
A total of ten men were on trial for the sexual abuse of the teenage girl, who “was systematically groomed and exploited between 2010 and 2012 when she was aged 15-16” — but only five of the men were convicted, according to Breitbart.
Detective Inspector Rob Platts, the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said:
“The bravery of the victim has resulted in the conviction of five very dangerous offenders for serious sexual offenses.
“While the jury found some of the defendants not guilty of the charges faced, their decision has to be respected.”
“The overall outcome demonstrates the complexity of these prosecutions and does not detract from the numerous guilty verdicts against five offenders.”
“She had to recount incredibly traumatic incidents of sexual abuse and exploitation in front of the jury over several days and it is testament to her bravery that she elected to do this in person.
“I am so pleased her voice has been heard.”
The grooming gang members would dose their young victim with alcohol and drugs, before subjecting her to sexual abuse and rape.
“At the time of the offending, the victim was incredibly vulnerable and was deliberately targeted for the purposes of sexual exploitation,” DI Platts explained.
“It is difficult to put into words the damage and impact of sexual exploitation on children, but I hope that by hearing this brave woman’s account, other victims of this awful crime find the strength to come forward and tell someone what has happened or is happening to them,” he added.
In January, it was revealed that police in Rotherham ignored decades of abuse committed by “Asian” grooming gangs for fear of sparking racial tensions in the area.
An Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) report found that a Rotherham chief inspector told a father of a missing girl that the city “would erupt” should the public be informed that “Asian” grooming gangs were sexually exploiting young white girls.