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Grooming gang ‘treated girls as objects to be used and abused’

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Fehreen Rafiq (left, in yellow) and Mohammed Sajid (right) arrive at Leeds Crown Court to face charges relating to sexual misconduct with young girls, West Yorks., September 10 2019. They appear with several co-defendants. See SWNS story SWLEgroom.
Fehreen Rafiq (left, in yellow) and Mohammed Sajid (proper) arrive at Leeds Crown Court (Picture: SWNS)

A gang handled weak girls as ‘objects to be used and abused at will’, a court docket heard.

They groomed youngsters within the Huddersfield space, passing them round different males for sexual functions, utilizing threats and violence when crucial, a trial was instructed.

The jury heard that 4 socially remoted girls aged between 12 and 16 had been focused within the abuse.

After being provided friendship, cigarettes, alcohol and medication, a few of the girls had been taken to events and used ‘as a commodity’, the court docket heard.

Opening the case at Leeds Crown Court, prosecutor Richard Wright QC stated there was a way that these in authority ‘did not do enough to engage with these girls and find out what was happening to them’, once they had been allegedly being abused by the defendants in West Yorkshire between 2005 and 2008.

He stated: ‘The girls focused by these males had been youngsters and the lads knew that and they didn’t care about it for a second.

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Manzoor Akhtar arrives at Leeds Crown Court to face charges relating to sexual misconduct with young girls, West Yorks., September 10 2019. He appears with several co-defendants. See SWNS story SWLEgroom.
Manzoor Akhtar arrives at Leeds Crown Court to face fees (Picture: SWNS)

‘These males cared just for themselves and seen these girls as objects to be used and abused at will.

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‘You will readily understand that these vulnerable youngsters, who were also socially isolated, very rapidly found themselves drawn into a world in which they had little or no control of their lives and were unable to make truly free or informed choices about anything they did with these men.’

Discussing the alleged victims’ backgrounds, the prosecutor instructed jurors: ‘What they plainly had in common was their young age, their social isolation, and the fact that each of them was in their own way extremely vulnerable so that they were easy targets for abuse.’

He added that the defendants, all from Huddersfield, had intentionally focused them due to that.

The court docket heard how, prior to and in the course of the alleged offences, the complainants had been ‘deliberately avoiding home and people in positions of authority’.

The prosecutor stated that one in all these youngsters had been clever and shut to her mom prior to the abuse, however grew to become ‘immersed in a very dangerous lifestyle’ when she moved faculties and befriended a gaggle of kids who frequently truanted and related to older Asian males.

Jurors had been instructed that one other of the 4 complainants had equally been vivid, however ‘went off the rails’.

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Banaris Hussain arrives at Leeds Crown Court to face charges relating to sexual misconduct with young girls, West Yorks., September 10 2019. He appears with several co-defendants. See SWNS story SWLEgroom.
Banaris Hussain arrives at Leeds Crown Court to face fees (Picture: SWNS)

Mr Wright stated that the girl’s mom had desperately tried to cease her daughter from going out and had contacted police and social providers, however was ‘failed by their inaction’.

A 42-year-old man, who can’t be named for authorized causes, denies one depend of rape and two of trafficking for sexual exploitation, whereas Iftikar Ali, 38, of Holly Road, Thornton Lodge, is charged with three counts of rape and one in all tried rape.

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Basharat Hussain, 32, of William Street, Crosland Moor, faces two rape fees, whereas Manzoor Akhtar, 30, of Blackmoorfoot Road, faces three counts of the identical offence and one in all trafficking for sexual exploitation.

The one feminine defendant, Fehreen Rafiq, 39, additionally of Blackmoorfoot Road, denies two counts of arranging or facilitating the fee of a kid intercourse offence, and Mohammed Sajjad, 32, of Yews Mount, is charged with a single depend of the identical offence and 5 of rape, one cost of which allegedly concerned a girl beneath the age of 13.

Meanwhile, Umar Zaman, 31, and Banaris Hussain, 36, each of William Street, Crosland Moor, face two and one counts of rape respectively.

Jurors had been instructed that, regardless of being conscious of begin date of the trial, Zaman had failed to attend court docket, with Judge Geoffrey Marson saying: ‘You must not speculate as to the reason for his absence.’

Samuel Fikru, 31, is charged with two counts of rape, and Mohammed Arif, 32, of New Hey Road, Oakes, faces a single cost of the identical offence.

The trial, scheduled to final seven weeks, continues on Wednesday.

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