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Huddersfield grooming: Twenty guilty of campaign of rape and abuse
Twenty men have been found guilty of being part of a grooming gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield.
The men were convicted of more than 120 offences against 15 girls.
Victims were plied with drink and drugs and then “used and abused at will” in a seven-year “campaign of rape and abuse” between 2004 and 2011.
At Leeds Crown Court, the ringleader, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years.
Other members of the gang were jailed for between five and 18 years but the court heard many perpetrators have never been identified.
Details of the men’s convictions and sentences can only now be published after reporting restrictions on a series of trials were partially lifted.
During the three trials, jurors heard how the men – who are all British Asians mainly of Pakistani heritage – preyed on young, vulnerable girls, one of whom was described as having the mental age of a seven-year-old.
The men, all from Yorkshire, went by nicknames including “Dracula” – which Nahman Mohammed was known as.
Mohammed Imran Ibrar was known as “Bully”, Abdul Rehman was nicknamed “Beastie”, while Nasarat Hussain was known as “Nurse”.
Jailing 16 of the men earlier this year, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “The way you treated these girls defies understanding; this abuse was vile and wicked.
“As cases of sexual abuse with which the courts have to deal, this case comes top of the scale.”
- Groomed children were ‘delivered to hell’
- ‘Her neck was black with bites’
- How the grooming gang operated
As married father-of-two Dhaliwal was sentenced, the judge told him: “The extent and gravity of your offending far exceeds anything which I have previously encountered.
“Children’s lives have been ruined and families profoundly affected by seeing their children, over months and years, out of control, having been groomed by you and other members of your gang.”
In May, the former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson was arrested for reporting on the case live on Facebook during the second of the trials.
He was jailed for contempt of court but his conviction was quashed because of a number of procedural errors. He faces a fresh hearing in relation to the alleged breach.
Such was the men’s hold over the girls, one mother said her child cracked her head jumping from a first-floor balcony at their home in order to get out after they ordered her to meet them.
The girl later told police: “Every time I went out something bad happened. I risked my life every time. I was a mess.”
Another victim, who only escaped the abuse when her family had to move following a house fire, said: “It was the best thing I ever did, and that’s bad saying that burning your house down is the best thing you ever did.”
By BBC Home Editor Mark Easton
Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, Derby, Banbury, Telford, Peterborough, Aylesbury, Bristol, Halifax, Keighley, Newcastle… now Huddersfield. The list seems endless… and there will almost certainly be more.
The sexual abuse of vulnerable children in English towns by groups of men, often from immigrant communities, is an incarnation of a wider scandal that is dominating our news and overwhelming our police and our courts.
It is a crime that until recently was rarely discussed in public. Child sexual abuse was often ignored or covered up: the protection of institutional reputation or community cohesion put before the protection of children.
The grooming gangs of provincial England tend to operate where the disinfectant of public scrutiny struggles to reach – poorer neighbourhoods on the edge of town, around the mini-cab ranks and fast food joints, the twilight zones of urban life.
Child abuse thrives in such dark corners, where people look the other way, not asking questions or following concerns because the subject matter is uncomfortable and scrutiny is potentially damaging. But when we look, we find.
During the trials, the court heard girls would be driven up to remote moorland late at night and abandoned if they refused the men’s sexual demands.
A sheep farmer told the BBC how he found distressed girls on the doorstep of his isolated home on a number of occasions.
One victim said her relationship with some of the gang became “one of those things that you couldn’t get out of”.
At house parties, girls would be plied with alcohol and drugs before being sexually abused “one by one” by the men, sometimes without contraception.
The court heard they were abused in cars, car parks, houses, a snooker centre and a takeaway, often with other defendants and fellow victims watching on.
Victims and their families said they repeatedly told West Yorkshire Police what was happening but no arrests were made until years later.
Speaking outside court, Det Ch Insp Ian Mottershaw, from the force, said: “The investigation into this case has been extremely complex and the investigative team have worked tirelessly for the past five years to ensure that no stone has been left unturned.
“We welcome the convictions and sentences which have been passed down throughout the year to these depraved individuals, who subjected vulnerable young children to unthinkable sexual and physical abuse.”
Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield, said: “Let’s be honest: no-one, local authority leadership, police, many of the people that should have been taking this more seriously earlier did not.
“But also, what happened in Rotherham and the publicity of Rotherham galvanised the action.”
Steve Walker, director of children’s services at Kirklees Council, said it had asked independent expert Dr Mark Peel to undertake a review of “these non-recent cases to identify whether there are any lessons we can learn”.
“These crimes took place a number of years ago at a time when, as we know from cases in other towns and cities, the issue of CSE was not well understood,” he added.
The convicted men:
- Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, of Holly Road, Huddersfield, guilty of 54 counts, including 22 counts of rape, sentenced to life with a minimum term of 18 years
- Irfan Ahmed, 34, of Yews Hill Road, Huddersfield, guilty of one count of sexual assault and two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, sentenced to eight years
- Zahid Hassan, 29, of Bland Street Huddersfield, guilty of six counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, one count of sexual assault, one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation, two counts of child abduction, two counts of supplying class A drugs sentenced to 18 years
- Mohammed Kammer, 34, of West View, Huddersfield, guilty of two counts of rape, sentenced to 16 years
- Mohammed Rizwan Aslam, 31, of Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury, guilty of two counts of rape, sentenced to 15 years
- Abdul Rehman, 31, of Darnely Drive, Sheffield, guilty of supplying a class C drug, one count of rape, one count of assault and one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation, sentenced to 16 years
- Raj Singh Barsran, 34, of Caldercliffe Road, Huddersfield, guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault, sentenced to 17 years
- Nahman Mohammed, 32, of West View, Huddersfield, guilty of two counts of rape and one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation, sentenced to 15 years
- Mansoor Akhtar, 27, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Huddersfield, guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, sentenced to eight years
- Wiqas Mahmud, 38, of Banks Crescent, Huddersfield, guilty of three counts of rape, sentenced to 15 years
- Nasarat Hussain, 30, of Upper Mount Street, Huddersfield, guilty of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, sentenced to 17 years
- Sajid Hussain, of 33, of Grasmere Road, Huddersfield, guilty of two counts of rape, sentenced to 17 years
- Mohammed Irfraz, 30, of North Road, Huddersfield, guilty of child abduction and two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, sentenced to six years
- Faisal Nadeem, 32, of Carr Green, Huddersfield, guilty of rape and supplying class A drugs, sentenced to 12 years
- Mohammed Azeem, 33, of Wrose Road, Bradford, guilty of five counts of rape, sentenced to 18 years
- Manzoor Hassan, 38, of Bland Street, Huddersfield, guilty of administering a noxious substance, inciting child prostitution and supplying a class A drug, sentenced to five years
- Mohammed Akram, 33, of Springdale Street, Huddersfield, guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation and awaiting sentencing
- Niaz Ahmed, 54, of Woodthorpe Terrace, Huddersfield, guilty of sexual assault and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and awaiting sentencing
- Asif Bashir, 33, of Thornton Lodge Road, Huddersfield, guilty of, rape and attempted rape and awaiting sentencing
- Mohammed Imran Ibrar, 34, of Manchester Road, Huddersfield, guilty of trafficking for sexual exploitation and assault and awaiting sentencing
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11 October 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Publishes First Case Study Findings
Many Children found “no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort” whilst in the care of the Daughters of Charity in Scotland
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has today (Thursday 11 October) published its findings into residential institutions run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul (DoC). They conclude that children did suffer abuse.
During the case study, the Inquiry considered evidence about the nature and extent of any relevant abuse at institutions run by the DoC in Scotland, with a particular focus on Smyllum and Bellevue.
The Inquiry also examined any systems, policies and procedures in place at these institutions, and how these were applied.
Lady Smith, Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “For many children who were in Smyllum and Bellevue, the homes were places of fear, coercive control, threat, excessive discipline and emotional, physical and sexual abuse, where they found no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort.”
Lady Smith will take these findings into account when she analyses all the evidence gathered by the Inquiry and decides what recommendations to make within the final report.
The 20-day case study took place from November 2017 to January 2018, during which time the Inquiry heard evidence from 54 witnesses about their experiences of Smyllum Park in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen. A further 21 written statements of evidence were read in during the public hearings.
Applicants and other witnesses continue to come forward to the Inquiry with relevant evidence about the care provided by DoC and this will be considered as part of the continuing process.
The findings from the DoC case study can be read in full on the Inquiry website: http://www.ChildAbuseInquiry.Scot
Link to the case study findings – Daughters of Charity – PDF version
Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark
Children were subjected to horrifying abuse at a former children’s home run by the Catholic Church in Rutherglen, an investigation has revealed.
A public inquiry has found that nuns, priests and staff at Bellevue House and also Smyllum Park in Lanark physically and sexually abused kids for many decades.
In its first interim report, published last Thursday, the Scottish child abuse inquiry (SCAI) found that boys and girls housed in the two Catholic residential homes were systematically starved of love, dignity and compassion.
Lady Smith, chair of the commission, said: “For many children who were in Smyllum and Bellevue, the homes were places of fear, coercive control, threat, excessive discipline and emotional, physical and sexual abuse, where they found no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort.”
She added: “For some children, being hit was a normal aspect of daily life.”
Bellevue House, which was based in Clincarthill, and Smyllum Park were run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.
Nearly 6,600 children lived at Bellevue House from its opening in 1912 until 1943, but no records show how many were there until its closure in 1961.
These included children who were orphaned or whose families were unable to care for them.
And while Lady Smith focused on the period from 1917 to 1981 when investigating Smyllum Park, more than 11,600 children were placed at the Lanark home from its opening in 1864 until its closure 117 years later.
The inquiry was set up in October 2015 to look at the historical
abuse of children in care across Scotland.
It is currently looking at allegations of physical and sexual abuse at 86 institutions, including former children’s homes and boarding schools.
From the end of November last year, the child abuse inquiry heard case study evidence over 20 days about the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.
It emerged in August that at least 16 former members of staff at Smyllum Park – mostly women, including several nuns – had been arrested by Police Scotland and charged over alleged abuse. Their cases have now been referred to a specialist unit at the Crown Office, Scotland’s prosecution service.
Lady Smith upheld allegations from some residents that they were systematically sexually abused by priests, a trainee priest, nuns and lay members of staff.
She records former residents being physically assaulted with hairbrushes, a leather belt or tawse, rosary beads and wooden crucifixes
The report details victims being force-fed at meal times, being forced to wear their wet sheets and verbally humiliated after wetting the bed. Children were also used as unpaid labour when staff numbers were short.
The inquiry, which has cost £15.67m so far, was scheduled to end next year but the Scottish Government has since said it can take as long as it needs.
28th SEPT 2018
Parents in Perth were given the bombshell news that their nursery is just days away from closure.
Thursday night’s annual general meeting of Kinnoull Nursery was told that the pre-school group has suffered a “dramatic decline” in numbers which has “significantly reduced income”.
The nursery, which is based at Kinnoull Church, only has enough cash in the bank to keep going until October 5 and staff have been given a risk of redundancy letter.
Families are furious that the actions of Alister Coull, 58, who was caught with a stash of obscene pictures of children, were not revealed by nursery staff for about a year.
The nursery had already been given 14 months to leave its base at Kinnoull Parish Church, just weeks before Coull’s crime came to light.
Temporary chairman Mark Wilson – who later resigned from the role during the stormy meeting – told the AGM the nursery was losing up to £3,000 per month.
“There has been a dramatic decline in the number of children which significantly reduces the income coming in,” he said.
“The nursery currently spends more than it is bringing in.
“At the moment we have enough money to last until October 5. It has been an interesting and challenging time.”
Parents demanded to know why they weren’t made aware of how bad things were before now.
One said: “What the hell has happened in the past couple of months?
“There has been a severe lack of communication.”
Some suggested that if they’d known how close the nursery was to closure then steps could have been taken to save it.
Terry Myers from Bridgend, Gannochy and Kinnoull Community Council, said: “There is a great deal of concern about the loss of our nursery.
“What I don’t hear from you (Mr Wilson) at the moment is a sense of urgency – a programme that you might suggest to us that might help get the nursery going again.
“What I’m hearing is a rather depressing summary from you of what has gone wrong.
“I didn’t even know the nursery was closing – nobody told us.”
Mr Myers said the community council now wants to work with the nursery to save it.
There was a suggestion the children could move into the Isle of Skye building for a temporary period.
A longer-term suggestion would be moving to Rio House with other groups if a community asset transfer can be agreed with Perth and Kinross Council.
Parents have formed a new committee and the future of the nursery will be on the agenda at Thursday’s community council meeting.
Paedophile had no involvement with the nursery
Alister Coull appeared at Perth Sheriff Court in June and was placed on the sex offenders register and ordered to carry out 135 hours of unpaid work.
Nursery management stressed they were not aware of the crime until it was reported in the local press.
His wife, Jillian, was a member of the nursery committee but, according to bosses, she did not make them aware of the impending court case.
The court heard Coull was caught with nearly 150 indecent images.
Most were at category C level, with 12 at the second most serious level and one at category A.
It is understood Coull had no involvement with the nursery.
Kinnoull Nursery is an independent, privately-run enterprise that has been renting space in the hall of for some years.
The nursery, which is regulated by the Care Inspectorate, was informed by the church in May this year that due to agreements the church had with other groups also using the hall, it had taken the decision to serve 14 months’ notice to the nursery to find alternative accommodation that would be better suited to its operational needs.
13th OCT 2018
A disgraced ex-police officer who accumulated a “sickening collection” of indecent images of children has been spared jail.
Rikki Henderson was also convicted of taking and sharing a picture of a woman’s private parts.
A jury at Aberdeen Sheriff Court found him guilty of three charges following a trial in August.
During proceedings the court heard images of children as young as eight engaged in sadistic sexual activity were found in the “sent” folder of his Whatsapp account.
Of the nine found, seven were found in category C, the least serious, one was category B and another was A.
He had also been accused of two sexual assaults at the Army Cadet Force in Boddam, near Peterhead, but the jury found these charges not proven.
Henderson, of Bridge Street in Strichen, had denied any wrongdoing and returned to court yesterday to be sentenced.
Representing the 25-year-old, defence agent John MacLeod said his client had lost everything as a result of the offences.
He said the report suggested he “lacked emotional maturity” and he had “lost two careers”.
Sheriff William Summers said the woman who Henderson had taken a picture of had been forced to come to court as a result of his not guilty plea and she did so with “dignity” which was the “absolute opposite of how you conducted yourself”.
He added: “I recognise that your life has fallen apart in a very meaningful way. You are solely and entirely the author of that.”
He placed Henderson under supervision and on the sex offenders register for three years and ordered him to carry out 260 hours of unpaid work.
Following the outcome, a spokesman for the NSPCC said: “As a police officer and army cadet instructor, Henderson was in a position of great trust in the community but ignored this responsibility to accumulate a sickening collection of images of children being abused.
“Behind every image was a real child suffering appalling abuse and Henderson’s actions in possessing them have only fuelled the demand for this sickening material to be produced.”
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Woman who fell pregnant at the age of 11 after being raped by a policeman who sexually assaulted nine children slams legal technicality that keeps his identity secret
- Tracey May was raped by a serial paedophile former policeman when she was 11
- She became pregnant and miscarried, and is one of a dozen of the man’s victims
- The Victorian legal system prevents her from naming the man who abused her
- Review found victims should be able to disclose abuser identity after conviction
- Ms May said she will keep fighting to name the man, who is serving 15 years’ jail
A woman who fell pregnant and miscarried at age 11 after being raped by a paedophile former policeman is fighting to name her abuser.
Despite facing the serial child sex predator in court, Tracey May is unable to expose his identity due to a suppression order dating back to 2012.
A review of Victoria’s legal system last year found adult victims of sexual assault should be able to identify their attackers after conviction, but Ms May still cannot speak out.
Despite facing the serial child sex predator in court, Tracey May (pictured) still cannot expose him, due to a suppression order dating back to 2012
The non-publication order, made when Ms May’s abuser’s court proceedings began, has no end date and no explanation for why it was put in place.
Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen said the order was made before the Open Courts Act was passed in 2013, which placed a five-year limit on suppression orders.
The act was passed to improve transparency in the state’s justice system, but hundreds of orders are still issued every year, including blanket reporting bans.
Ms May said the man who raped her is being protected by the suppression order, which means she can’t go public with his name – despite the fact he was found guilty.
‘I faced him in court and I wasn’t afraid for the first time in my life. And then to be told I couldn’t speak his name,’ she told The Age.
Her abuser, a former police officer with more than a dozen victims, raped nine children as young as five over an 18-year period to 1985.
One boy was brutalised in the back of a police van, while another was attacked at a police station.
After being reported by a parent in 1979, he left Victoria Police and moved north, attacking seven more children in New South Wales.