Members of a British pedophile gang shouted the Islamic phrase “Allahu akbar” (God is great) in an English court as they were jailed for raping and abusing two girls aged 11 and 13.
In total, six men of Asian origin were imprisoned for more than 80 years yesterday for their appalling sex crimes against the girls, who on some occasions were plied with alcohol and cannabis.
After their sentences were handed down at Sheffield Crown Court, two of the men yelled the Arabic phrase. In response, one of their victims shouted back: “Justice is served.”
The gang were convicted of raping and abusing the girls over a two-year period in the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham between 1999 and 2001.
Their crimes came to light when South Yorkshire police began investigating the sexual exploitation of young girls in Rotherham in 2014 following a painstaking investigation by The Times of London. Yesterday marked the last of three trials into child sex rings in Rotherham.
Judge Sarah Wright said that the men had indulged in “cynical and manipulative” behaviour and caused “immeasurable and far-reaching harm”.
Basharat Dad, 32, was jailed for 20 years after being convicted of six charges of rape, five of indecent assault and one of false imprisonment. Nasar Dad, 36, was jailed for 14 and a half years after being convicted of rape, inciting indecency with a child and false imprisonment. Tayab Dad, 33, was found guilty of rape and jailed for ten years. Amjad Ali, 36, had admitted sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 and was jailed for 11 years. Mohammed Sadiq, 40, and Matloob Hussain, 42, were each found guilty of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 and were jailed for 13 years.