Under hate speech laws we are not supposed to mention the ethnic origin of the convicted men, but you get the message from this picture (Source: Yorkshire Post)
We seem to have been reporting the activities of gangs of Muslim and Pakistani men who have groomed and sexually abused under age and often vulnerrable girls under the noses of police and local authority care services for ever. Surprisingly it is only four years since the story broke.
At that time we were writing that the problem was deeply embedded in the social structure of immigrant communities, we knew the first prosecutions were only the tip of the iceberg, and as predicted the cases keep coming. It is indicative of the incompatibility of cultures between Europe and the remote parts of the Indian sub continent.
In the latest case 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 Yorkshire Post reports the men were convicted of more than 120 offences against 15 girls.
Victims were plied with drink and drugs, a familar pattern of behaviour in all these cases, 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.