Six members of Asian sex gang are facing jail after being convicted of abusing a girl who was first groomed as she shopped in Woolworths aged 12
- Girl and a second victim were repeatedly raped on ‘an almost daily basis’
- A total of 11 men went on trial for 51 offences between 2006 and 2012
- Six of the men were found guilty and will be sentenced on September
- Four were acquitted and jurors failed to reach verdicts on another man
- Buckinghamshire County Council apologises for ‘letting down’ the victims
Six members of a child sex ring are facing jail after being convicted of grooming a teenager who was abused by up to 60 men by the age of 16.
The girl and a second victim were repeatedly raped and sexually abused on ‘an almost daily basis’ from the age of 12 or 13 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
A total of 11 men went on trial for 51 offences between 2006 and 2012 including multiple rape of a child under 13, child prostitution and administering a substance to ‘stupefy’ a girl in order to engage in sexual activity.
Buckinghamshire County Council tonight apologised to the victims of the sex ring for ‘letting them down’, admitting that indications had ‘probably’ been there.
Vikram Singh (left) and Asif Hussain (right) are facing jail after being convicted of was found guilty of multiple incident counts of rape
‘On behalf of the council, I would also like to apologise to both of them for letting them down during this period in their lives,’ said David Johnston, the council’s Director for Children’s Services, outside the Old Bailey.
‘We know a great deal more about child sexual exploitation than we did back then and I hope that young people who are worried about themselves or someone they know will have the same courage to come forward. We will do everything in our power to help them.’
A serious case review has been launched by the Council’s safeguarding board.
Vikram Singh, 46, Asif Hussain, 33, Arshad Jani, 33, Mohammed Imran, 38, Taimoor Khan, 28, and Akbari Khan, 36, were found guilty of 20 offences at the Old Bailey today.
Harmohan Nangpal, 41, Faisal Iqbal, 32, Sajad Ali, 35, and Sohail Qamar, 41, were acquitted on all of the charges they faced.
The jury failed to reach verdicts on an eleventh defendant, Jerome Joe, who was accused of rape and sexual assault.
All of those convicted sexually abused the first victim, while Taimmor Khan and Akbari Khan were also found guilty of molesting her friend.
The Asian men filled the dock in court, some of them using the services of various interpreters speaking Hindi, Urdu, Pashto and Punjabi.
Arshad Jani (left) was convicted of one multiple incident count of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape and Mohammed Imran (right) was convicted of three multiple incident counts of rape one count of conspiracy to rape and arranging child prostitution
Taimoor Khan (left) was convicted of a single count of sexual activity with a child and Akbari Khan (right) was found guilty of various charges, including administering a substance with intent to commit a sex offence
They showed no emotion as a jury of seven men and five women announced their verdicts after 42 hours and 14 minutes of deliberation.
Judge John Bevan said he will sentence the six men on September 7.
Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said the girls were looking for excitement and attention after their lives went off the rails.
Most of their attackers were either mini cab drivers or market traders in Aylesbury.
Both victims came from troubled backgrounds and wanted to feel grown-up when they were befriended by the men who groomed them with gifts such as alcohol, DVDs, food and occasionally drugs.
They were easy prey for a group of men wanting casual sexual gratification that was easy, regular and readily available
While aged just 12 or 13, one of the vulnerable girls, known in the trial as A, was passed between 60 mainly Asian men for sex after being conditioned into thinking it was normal behaviour.
‘They were easy prey for a group of men wanting casual sexual gratification that was easy, regular and readily available,’ Mr Saxby explained to the jury.
The girls were befriended, lured back to properties, given attention and made to feel wanted with gifts of food, DVDs, drink and drugs.
Giving evidence, girl A recalled one occasion when Asif Hussain – also known as Lucky – had introduced her to a man who looked like terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden and encouraged her to sleep with him.
She said: ‘Lucky wanted to introduce me to a friend so I said OK. The old man looked like Bin Laden. I think he said ‘He wants to sleep with you’ and left me there.’
On her dealings with the old man, she told the jury: ‘He only understood yes or no – and I said no.’
TAXI DRIVERS, MARKET TRADERS AND DRUG DEALERS: THE 11 MEN AND THE VERDICTS THEY RECEIVED
Vikram Singh, 46, of Aylesbury, was found guilty of three multiple incident counts of rape, a single count of administering a substance with intent to commit a sex offence and one count of rape.
Asif Hussain, 33, of Milton Keynes, was found guilty of three multiple incident counts of rape.
Arshad Jani, 33, of Aylesbury, was convicted of one multiple incident count of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape.
Mohammed Imran, 38, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, was convicted of three multiple incident counts of rape one count of conspiracy to rape and arranging child prostitution.
Akbari Khan, 36, of Aylesbury, was found guilty of one multiple incident count of rape, one multiple incident count of administering a substance with intent to commit a sex offence, a single count of conspiracy to rape and a single count of rape.
Taimoor Khan, 28, of Aylesbury, was convicted of a single count of sexual activity with a child.
Harmohan Nangpal, 41, of Hillingdon, was acquitted of a single count of rape and an alternative charge sexual activity with a child.
Faisal Iqbal, 32, of Aylesbury, was acquitted of a single count of rape and an alternative charge of conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a child.
Sajad Ali, 35, of Chesham, was acquitted of engaging in sexual activity with a child.
Sohail Qamar, 41, of Aylesbury, was acquitted of one multiple incident count of rape and an alternative count of sexual activity with a child, a single count of rape and causing actual bodily harm.
Jurors failed to reach verdicts on Joe, of Buckingham, on a single count of rape and an alternative charge of sexual activity with a child. He could face a retrial.
Those convicted will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on September 7.
Asif Hussain met one victim at Aylesbury market (pictured). The girl would visit his shared house wearing her school uniform and the pair would regularly have sex.
Mr Saxby said: ‘They were being conditioned, exploited. Their trust was being established. And then they were sexually abused.
‘To them at the time – their notion of what was right and wrong had been completely distorted – this was ‘normal, natural’.’
The victims thought they were in ‘relationships’ with their abusers and spoke of the men as being their ‘boyfriends’.
Indian-born Singh, known as ‘Bicky’, approached the girl as she looked at Batman toys in Woolworths in Aylesbury in 2006, just before her 13th birthday.
The former carer then groomed the child with gifts of food, drink and DVDs before attacking her at the cinema, where he had taken her to watch one of the Santa Claus films.
The married father-of-two later asked her for sex in her bedroom when her mother was at work, but needed Viagra ‘because of his age’.
Singh then forced her to perform a sex act on him before raping her.
The pair would continue to meet up to three times a week for sex, sometimes in the back of his car at the back of a nursing home.
She then started to receive phone calls from unknown Asian men who would ask her for sex or ask her how old she was or whether she was a virgin.
When she told one caller how young she was, he allegedly replied: ‘I like that age.’
Harmohan Nangpal was cleared of a single count of rape and an alternative charge sexual activity with a child and Sajad Ali (right) was acquitted of engaging in sexual activity with a child
The six men were convicted at the Old Bailey today and will be sentenced at the court on September 7
The prosecutor added that the girl kept going back to Singh, but later told police: ‘It felt like a disgusting job I had to do for him’.
The last time they had sex was in 2008, but by then she had become involved with Mohammed Imran, who was sharing her out to other men for sex.
‘I thought of him as the person who sold me and passed me around,’ said the girl of Pakistan-born Imran.
I thought of him as the person who sold me and passed me around
She told police he would demand sex up to ten times a day, ply her with alcohol and drugs and farm her out to his friends.
‘Some were taxi drivers, some were bus drivers, some were drug dealers, some weren’t even from Aylesbury,’ she said in interviews.
‘He used to bring them from anywhere. They used to pay him. He didn’t care. The most I had sex with in one day was five or six. I felt like I was on fire.’
The girl said she slept with between 15 and 20 of Imran’s ‘mates’, who would pay around £25 for sex.
Another of the men, Asif Hussain, met her at Aylesbury market. The girl would visit his shared house wearing her school uniform and the pair would regularly have sex.
Head of Buckinghamshire Council’s Child Services, David Johnson, also said that council was ‘as appalled as all parents and the community of Buckinghamshire will be by the despicable acts of cruel abuse committed by those found guilty at the Old Bailey today’.
‘These girls were just children when they became victims to such manipulation that lasted so many years.
‘I want to thank each of these young women for taking the brave step to come forward, to speak to the police and re-live their horrific experiences in court to bring these men to justice.’
Thames Valley Police Superintendent Gill Wootton thanked the victims for their bravery in coming forward, saying that it was because of their courage that they convictions were possible.
She added: ‘I also want to take this opportunity to ask anyone out there who may have been a victim of crime to come forward and talk to us.
‘This case shows that we will listen and do everything in our power to bring the offenders to justice.
‘Thames Valley Police continue to work with partners to tackle CSE and to bring historic and current offenders to justice.’
An NSPCC spokesman said: ‘This is yet another shocking case of vulnerable young girls being targeted by ruthless gangs of men that will make the public recoil in horror once again.
‘The level of abuse against these children who were on the cusp of their teenage years is horrifying and depressing.
‘We must continue to clamp down on organised grooming which has destroyed so many lives while making sure the victims receive all the support and therapy they need to recover.’
‘I FEEL LIKE I FAILED HER’: FATHER OF SECOND VICTIM REVEALS GUILT
The second victim of the Asian sex ring, known as Girl B, said in a statement: ‘I would leave in the morning in my school uniform and I would come home at three in the morning in my school uniform.
‘These men knew that we were 14. No girl should ever feel that they have to use their body or what they’ve got as their selling point. They knew they shouldn’t be buying us drinks and feeding us drugs, they knew that.
‘The relief that they have been found guilty, you feel it’s such a weight off your shoulders. You know you can get on with your life now.
‘That burden that is at the front of your mind and the back of your mind is gone. You can definitely move on and forward.
‘I can now turn that around and use it as a positive and something that is going to help tackle that thing from happening in the future.’
But her father, who only found out what had happened to his daughter when the police came and told him a year ago, revealed his heartbreak.
He said: ‘At the time it was all going on I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t have the tools to understand that it was child sexual exploitation.
‘My daughter was such a beautiful, loving young girl. She was happy and cheeky, she had hopes and aspirations and was a very intelligent child.
‘She always had a vision of what she wanted from life and what she wanted to do.
‘Me and her mum had split up, but she was still loved and supported. People use the term ‘broken home’ too loosely.
‘Just because her parents were split up doesn’t give a gang of predatory paedophiles the right to exploit her for their own perverted ends.
‘The first I knew about my daughter being in trouble was when she was expelled from school for taking drugs in. I didn’t even know she smoked cigarettes.
‘From then on she was running away from home, saying she wanted to go and live in a children’s home.
‘I was on the phone to social services every day saying can you help, I don’t know what is happening.
‘As a parent, this was beyond my understanding. It was only after I did a CSE course online recently that I gained a slight understanding of what CSE is and how the people do the grooming and how that directly affects the victims.
‘It was then that things started to slot into place. It was like light bulbs going off.’
‘I was thinking I noticed that, I remembered that. At the time I felt all my instincts were biting at me but I couldn’t place what was wrong.
‘By then those people had got the control they needed. These people alienate their victims from their families, take away the trust, the general respect.
‘I knew there was something wrong and I couldn’t identify it. That’s why I was pleading with the local authority for help.
‘They said she’s just being naughty. Now we know she wasn’t just being naughty, she was being groomed.
‘As her Dad, I take full responsibility. I feel like I’ve failed her.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3173553/Six-members-Asian-sex-gang-facing-jail-convicted-abusing-girl-groomed-shopped-Woolworths-aged-12.html#ixzz3grj9lIKO
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook