Six jailed for rape in mass Huddersfield investigation

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Six men have been sentenced to up to 15 years in jail each for rape and indecent assault after exploiting young girls “for their own perverted gratification”.

The convictions are part of West Yorkshire Police’s wider investigation – Operation Tendersea – into child sexual exploitation in Huddersfield.

It has so far seen 34 men found guilty, with prison sentences totalling more than 300 years.

Between them, yesterday's defendants were convicted of nine counts of rape and two charges of indecent assault relating to the exploitation of two young, vulnerable girls.

Police said the girls were aged just 13 and 14 when grooming began in 1995, with one coming to the attention of her abusers while she was on a paper round.

The abuse continued through to 2011.

The court heard how the victims would be plied with alcohol and drugs before being raped and assaulted by the defendants.

(L-R) Defendants Usman Ali, Banaras Hussain, Abdul Majid and Gul Riaz

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC the grooming of the girls was "insidious and persistent" and described the abuse as "disgusting and degrading".

He added that the girls were controlled by violence, or the threat of violence against themselves and their families.

Speaking of those convicted in the wider Tendersea inquiry, the judge said cases were “planned offences by a large group of Asian men”.

He went on: “It is likely many of these girls will never recover from the abuse they suffered.

“The way these girls were treated defies understanding. The abuse was vile and wicked.”

The sentencing was as follows:

- Usman Ali, 34, was jailed for eight years for two counts of rape

- Banaras Hussain, 39, was jailed for nine years and six months for one count of rape

- Abdul Majid, 36, was jailed for 11 years for two counts of rape

- Gul Riaz, 44, was jailed for 15 years for two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault

A 36-year-old man was jailed for eight years for one count of rape and a 30-year-old man was jailed for four years for one count of rape.

Neither can be named for legal reasons.

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