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12 Men In England Sentenced To A Combined 143 Years In Prison For Raping And Abusing Teenage Girl

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
The 12 Defendants.The 12 Defendants.

From the time she was 13, a girl in Bradford, England, was repeatedly raped and abused by 12 men, who also forced her to work as a drug dealer, The Independent reported. The abuse occurred between 2011 and 2012, and a judge sentenced the gang members to a combined total of 140 years behind bars on Feb. 8.

The gang was comprised of Khalid Raja Mahmood, 34, Tauqeer Hussain, 23, Yasser Kabir, 25, Sufyan Ziarab, 23, Bilal Ziarab, 21, Israr Ali, 19, Nasir Khan, 24, Saqib Younis, 29, Hussain Sardar, 19, Zain Ali, 20, Faisal Khan, 27, and Mohammed Akram, 63, Metro reported. Their alleged leader, Arif Choudhury, who is believed to have fled to Bangladesh, is accused of raping the victim at a church when she refused to sell drugs for him, the Telegraph & Argus reported. One of the men also faced charges for raping another young girl.

Five of the men also gang-raped the girl at one point.

The 12 men who remained in the country faced sentences between three-and-a-half and 20 years, for what Judge Roger Thomas QC called “offenses against a young vulnerable child.”

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Thomas made his disgust clear, calling the victim a girl who “clearly demanded pity and understanding.”

He added: “They saw her as a pathetic figure who had no worth and who served no other purpose than to be an object that they could sexually misuse and cast aside.”

During sentencing, Rogers said the defendants were “contemptuous, disrespectful and arrogant on a scale that I have hardly seen before in many years of practice in the criminal law.”

He continued: “I cannot, and will not, sentence you now for your appalling attitude to these proceedings but it is something that is very informative in my assessment of you as individuals and your offending for which I am sentencing you.”

Lawyer Helen Gaunt was happy with the verdict. “These two young women have shown immense bravery in reporting these matters to the police and in providing evidence to enable us to bring a strong prosecution case against their abusers," she said. “The lengthy sentences passed today send out a very strong message to all those who may be hesitating about coming forward to report matters such as these. This type of depravity will not be tolerated on our streets or in our communities. We will bring dangerous criminals who carry out acts of sexual violence against girls to justice.”

Sources: The Independent, Telegraph & Argus, Metro / Photo credit: Metro

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