On the 17th October 2016, eight members of the Rotherham “sex gang” were convicted of sexually abusing three teenage girls at the Sheffield Crown Court.
The men who are all from Rotherham; Sageer Hussain, Mohammed Whied, Ishtiaq Khaliq, Waleed Ali, Asif Ali, Masoued Malik, Basharat Hussain and Nadeem Rafiq have been found guilty of 16 charges of sexual assaults between 1999 and 2003. The men will be sentenced on the 4th November 2016.
The Court heard evidence that the men had,” waged a campaign of sexual violence and intimidation in the Rotherham area thirteen years ago.” Sageer Hussain was the ring leader of the gang and would befriend the young girls and pass them on to his friends and associates.
The jury deliberated for more than seventeen hours before delivering their verdict. Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate commented that the men had committed, “vile crimes” and the “verdicts were of massive importance to the victims who had suffered years of abuse.”
Peter Mann of Yorkshire and Humberside Criminal Prosecution Service praised the courage of the victims and their families. In a statement he said that this trial showed why, “we must redouble our efforts across all our communities in tackling child sexual exploitation as a national threat.”