Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Grooming Trial: Child Sex Gang Members Jailed

A gang of nine men who groomed girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs has been jailed for a combined total of 77 years.

The men were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court after being convicted yesterday of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16 and other offences.

One of the 13-year-old victims became pregnant and had the child aborted.

Police said one girl was forced to have sex with 20 men in one night when she was drunk.

The gang members - who are all from Pakistan, apart from Safi who is from Afghanistan - received jail sentences between 19 and four years.

In sentencing, Judge Gerald Clifton told the men: "All of you treated (the victims) as though they were worthless and beyond respect.

"One of the factors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your community or religion.

"Some of you, when arrested, said it was triggered by race.

"That is nonsense. What triggered this prosecution was your lust and greed.

The judge also said: "In some cases those girls were raped callously, viciously and violently."

The hearing took place amid tight security, with police standing guard in the courtroom and around the building amid fears of a large demonstration or disruption by far-right groups.

The man seen as the ringleader, a 59-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for a total of 19 years for convictions including conspiracy, two counts of rape, sexual assault and a count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.

The defendant was previously banned from court because of his threatening behaviour and for calling the judge a "racist bastard" Read More