Grooming gang members who raped and sexually assaulted girl, 12, jailed for a total of 27 years

Usman Khalid and Mohammed Akram

Their vulnerable victim was targeted aged just 12 and raped numerous times over a number of years in what cops say was an “abhorrent and depraved” crime.

She was 12 when Akram, 33, sexually abused her for the first time, with 31-year-old Khalid’s single assault of the girl happening when she was the same age.

Khalid was sentenced to five years and Akram 22 years, to run concurrently to the 17 year sentence he was already serving.

The pair are the latest to be jailed following investigations by officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Tendersea team, Examiner Live reported.

They were investigated as part of a gang that groomed and abused girls, some as young as 11, between 2004 and 2011 in West Yorkshire.

‘INHUMAN’ ABUSE

Last year, 20 of the gang’s members were sentenced for the “inhuman” abuse of a total of 15 girls, leading to a total jail term of 257 years between them.

Akram and Khalid’s three-week trial was the fourth to take place in total involving the gang and centred on allegations that a vulnerable girl was abused in Huddersfield.

In opening the case for the prosecution, Richard Wright QC said that the victim was “deliberately targeted by men who wanted to use her for their own sexual purposes”.

Following more than a day of deliberations, a jury last month found Akram, of Springdale Street, Huddersfield, guilty of four counts of rape, as well as a count of sexual assault by a majority verdict.

He was also convicted of trafficking for sexual exploitation and abduction, but was cleared of one rape charge.

Akram was also a defendant in the third of the gang’s trials last year, when he was convicted of two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation and two of rape.

He was given a 17-year jail sentence for those offences after a judge told him he had shown a “complete disregard for the safety” of those he abused.

Police Supt Marianne Huison said: “The abuse these individuals subjected a young and vulnerable girl to during the early years of her life was beyond comprehension and has continued to have a significant impact on her life.

“We welcome the significant sentences these men have been given as a result of their abhorrent and depraved actions and neglect of this victim as a child.” Reference Link: https://bit.ly/2L7MF7X

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