Vile members of a British sex gang shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ in court as the group was handed sentences totaling more than 80 years for their crimes.
Six men were given sentences between 10 and 20 years on Thursday after the court heard details of how two young girls were groomed and sexually abused in the South Yorkshire town between 1999 and 2001.
There were emotional and chaotic scenes at Sheffield Crown Court after two of the defendants shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they were led from the dock. As their supporters began shouting down into the court, one of the victims shouted back “justice is served” as police moved into the public gallery.
One woman—who was was sexually exploited by a number of men in the town of Rotherham from the age of 11 and made pregnant when she was 12—watched on as five of her abusers were jailed.
Judge Sarah Wright described how one of the girls was plied with alcohol and drugs and was having sex with a number of men from the age of 11. The girl’s pregnancy made headlines in 2001 when she was portrayed a one of Britain’s youngest ever mum.
In the impact statement read to the court, the victim said: “I was drawn into a world of fear, rape and horrific abuse. I lost my childhood at the hands of those men.”
She described how she was shunned by many in her community who called her worse things than “dirty, cheap slag.” She said: “No one understood. No one wanted to understand.
“I felt lost, isolated, trapped, ashamed and completely worthless.
“I was completely owned by these dirty old men, who would do with me whatever then wanted, whenever they wanted.”
Judge Wright paid tribute to the woman, who was sitting just a few feet away from her in the packed courtroom. The judge said: “As a result of what happened to her, her childhood and adolescence was taken from her.
“She remarkably transformed her life from there on, putting her own child first.
“Hers is a tale of the most astonishing dedication and bravery.”
Brothers Basharat Dad, 32, and Nasar Dad, 36, of both of Rotherham, and Tayab Dad, 34, of Sheffield, were jailed on Tuesday for sex offenses, along with Matloob Hussain, 41, of Rotherham, Mohammed Sadiq, 40, of Rotherham, and Amjad Ali, of Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
Basharat Dad was jailed for 20 years, Nasar Dad was given 14 years and six months, Tayab Dad was given 10 years, Hussain was given 13 years, Sadiq was given 13 years and Ali was given 11 years.
Professor Alexis Jay’s report, in 2014, provoked a wave of shock when she described how more than 1,400 children had been groomed, trafficked and raped in the town over a 16-year period.
The investigation that resulted in Thursday’s sentences, called Operation Thunder, is the last into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham to be led by police. The National Crime Agency has taken over all child sex exploitation investigations with a team of more than 100 working on over a dozen inquiries.
The agency said it was looking at hundreds of potential suspects.
Speaking outside court on Thursday, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “This is our third significant inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and, with the lengthy jail terms handed down to these individuals today, we have now put 18 criminals behind bars for over 280 years.”
Mark Langan from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “These men were found guilty of a catalogue of vile sex offenses against two young girls.
“The girls were targeted by these men because they were naive and vulnerable. They were given alcohol and cannabis and intimidated into performing sexual acts.
“On one occasion one of the young girls was locked alone in a flat for hours without food, water or electricity.
“These young girls were subjected to the most appalling abuse at the hands of these men.”
This story was originally published at the Sun.