A GANG of 12 men who took “terrible and heartless sexual advantage” of a vulnerable Keighley schoolgirl before “casting her aside” have been locked up for a total of 140 years at Bradford Crown Court.
The Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas said the men had been “heartless and demeaning” when the girl, who was 13 and 14 at the time, “clearly demanded pity and understanding.”
“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,” he added.
“They showed her no shred of decency or humanity when as a vulnerable child she so needed care and understanding.”
The judge said the defendants had “largely tried to hide behind their silence” when interviewed by the police and given the opportunity to speak in court, but added, there were “nevertheless some good indications of their real attitude”.
“Listing a few of those references is insightful. They show the same contemptuous and disrespectful attitude to the girl that most of them have demonstrated to this Court throughout the trial and which I have already commented upon,” Judge Thomas said.
When the trial finished in December the judge described the behaviour of some defendants in court as some of the worst he had seen in his 40-year career.
A 13th man, described as the ‘evil mastermind’ of the group, Arif Choudhury, is thought to have fled to Bangladesh. Choudhury, now 18 and formerly of Victoria Avenue, Keighley, was accused by the girl of raping her in the grounds of a Keighley church when she was 13 after she refused to sell anymore drugs for him.
Four of the men abused the girl in the underground car park of a disused police station in Keighley.
The four men were two pairs of brothers and neighbours who lived very near to the old building where they would hang out and smoke cannabis extensively.
“Although Tauqueer Hussain was employed and held down a job, their lifestyles were generally feckless and unattractive,” Judge Thomas said.
The girl was often forced to perform sex on the men and one time was there for several hours.
“More than one defendant would have her perform sex immediately after another had just done the same,” said the judge.
“There are many highly unpleasant details that [the victim] does give about what happened to her in the car park which reflect the degradation, humiliation and violence that she was subjected to.”
Yasser Kabir, 25, of Belgrave Road, Keighley, was found guilty of three counts of rape and was jailed for 15 years for each count, to run concurrently.
Kabir was also sentenced for raping and abusing two little girls when he was a boy. He was given five years for those offences, to run consecutively to the 15-year sentence, meaning he will serve 20 years.
Kabir’s half-brother, Tauqeer Hussain, also known as Toki, 23, of Belgrave Road, Keighley, was also found guilty of two counts of rape, relating to two victims. He was jailed for 13 years for each count in relation to the Keighley schoolgirl, to run concurrently, with five years added for his second victim, meaning he will serve 18 years.
Sufyan Ziarab (Sufy) 23, of Kendal Mellor Court, Keighley, was given two concurrent 15 year sentences for two counts of rape.
His brother, Bilal Ziarab, (Billy or Browny) 21, of Sedgwick Close, Manningham, Bradford, was given two concurrent 12-year sentences.
Five of the men were found guilty of lining the girl up to rape her on Dalton Lane, Keighley.
The judge said this was an example of the “the vile practice of Arif arranging and facilitating the gang rape of the girl by having you men ‘line up’ to take turns” with the girl.
Nazir Khan (Khany) 24, of Buxton Street, Keighley, was jailed for 13 years for one count of rape.
His brother, Faisal Khan, (Buller) 27, of Buxton Street, Keighley, will also serve 13 years for one rape count.
Hussain Sardar (Dolly) 19, of Bradford Street, Lawkholme, Keighley, will serve six years detention in a young offenders’ institution for one count of rape. Judge Thomas said the sentence reflected his then age of 15 years and the victim’s description of his “somewhat pathetic participation.”
Saqib Younis (Saqi Butcher) 29, of Bradford Street, Lawkholme, Keighley, was jailed for 13 years for one count of rape.
Zain Ali (Droopy) 20, of Buxton Street, Keighley, was given an eight-year detention sentence in a young offenders’ institution, to reflect his age of 16 and 17 at the time of the offences.
Israr Ali, the youngest defendant in the dock, raped the schoolgirl when he was 15-years-old, about 18 months older than the girl. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in a young offenders’ institute.
Ali, also known as Sari, now 19, of Devonshire Street West, Keighley, was told he took “vile sexual advantage” of the girl and looked upon her as “no more than a worthless object.”
Mohammed Akram, a 63-year-old cab driver, of Holker Street, Keighley, was convicted of sexual activity with the girl once in his cab when he was 59 and she 14.
The judge jailed Akram for five years.
The 12th man to be jailed, Khalid Mahmood, is already behind bars for raping another victim.
He pleaded guilty at the start of the trial to twice raping the teenager and three offences of sexual activity with a child.
The 34-year-old, then of Gordon Street, Keighley, was given extended sentences of imprisonment, concurrent on each rape count, of 17 years. He was told that extended sentence comprised of a custodial term of 13-and-a-half years and an extended licence period of three-and-a-half years.