BUSTED! UK Police bust THREE separate paedophile trafficking rings as TWENTY NINE people appear before the courts!
Posted on 12-05-2017
Twenty six men and two women appeared before a judge at Leeds Crown Court (pictured) charged with offences including rape, trafficking, sexual activity with a child, child neglect, child abduction, supplying drugs and making of indecent images of children.
Clockwise from top left: Raj Singh Barsran, Mohammed Saqib Raheel, Zubair Ahmed, Mohammed Kammer, Mohammad Azeem, Irfan Ahmed, Hamzha Ali Saleem, Amere Singh Dhaliwal (credit: Manchester Evening News)
Twenty nine people facing a total of more than 170 charges relating to the sexual exploitation of 18 children will go on trial next year in three separate groups, a judge has ruled.
Twenty six men and two women appeared before a judge at Leeds Crown Court (pictured) charged with offences including rape, trafficking, sexual activity with a child, child neglect, child abduction, supplying drugs and making of indecent images of children. The 29th defendant, who is in custody, did not appear for the hearing on Thursday.
The defendants were greeted by protesters outside the court building, where a number of police were on duty.
The allegations are non-recent sexual offences, dating back to between 2004 and 2011, and relate to 18 women, who were children at the time. The youngest child involved was 11 years old.
The defendants, who are mainly from Huddersfield but also include men from Dudley, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, and Dewsbury, appeared in groups before the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC.
Judge Collier ruled that the cases will be heard in three separate trials starting in January.
The first trial, expected to last 10 weeks, has a provisional start date of January 8, 2018. The second trial, expected to last six weeks, is planned to start on April 16, 2018. The third trial, which is expected to last four weeks, has the provisional start date of September 3, 2018.
The next hearings in each of the cases are: October 27, 2017; March 2, 2018 and June 1, 2018.
Formal pleas have not yet been entered and all the defendants were given bail except two – Mansoor Akhtar and Manzoor Hassan, who were remanded in custody. Akhtar did not appear in court.