BREAKING: Child abuse gang jailed for a total of 101 years

By David Parker | 16/11/2018

BREAKING: Child abuse gang jailed for a total of 101 years
L-R TOP: Iqlak Yousaf , Asif Ali, Tanweer Ali: BOTTOM L-R; Salah El-Hakam, Nabeel Kurshid, Mohammed Imran Akhtar

SIX men who sexually abused five teenage girls have been jailed for a combined total of 101 years.

Mohammed Imran Akhtar, Nabeel Kurshid, Asif Ali, Iqlak Yousaf, Salah El-Hakam and Tanweer Ali were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today (Friday).

They were convicted of 22 child sexual exploitation offences against five girls following an eight-week trial at the court which ended last month.

The six men were convicted as part of the National Crime Agency’s investigation into non-familial child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, known as Operation Stovewood.

It was the biggest sub-operation of Stovewood to date and brought the total number of people convicted to 14.

The men showed no remorse for their offences, which included rape, indecent assault and procuring a girl to have sex with another between 1998 and 2005.

The sentences are as follows:

·         Mohammed Imran Akhtar (37), of Godstone Road, Rotherham: 23 years.

·         Nabeel Kurshid (35), of Weetwood Road, Rotherham: 19 years.

·         Asif Ali (33), of Clough Road, Rotherham: 10 years.

·         Iqlak Yousaf (34), of Tooker Road, Rotherham: 20 years.

·         Salah El-Hakam (39), of Tudor Close, Sheffield: 15 years.

·         Tanweer Ali (37), of Godstone Road, Rotherham: 14 years.

A seventh man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of two offences and will be sentenced at a later date.

​Sentencing, Judge Sarah Wright said all six men perpetrated, facilitated or encouraged the sexual abuse of young girls.

She said the gang's offences were committed using sophisticated grooming of their victims.

"They were well planned," she said.

"You can have been in no doubt that the complainants were vulnerable in the extreme.

"You were clearly not immature evidenced by the fact you all indulged in cynical manipulation and exploitation of your victims which showed a maturity well beyond your chronological age."

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