BREAKING Group of men jailed for total of 169 years for sexual abuse of vulnerable schoolgirl
BREAKING: Group of men jailed for total of 169 years for sexual abuse of vulnerable schoolgirl
Group of men jailed for total of 169 years for sexual abuse of vulnerable schoolgirl
TWO MEN from Bradford are among 15 who have received jail sentences totalling over 160 years for sexual abuse of a vulnerable schoolgirl.
The jail terms imposed on Khalid Zaman and Mohammed Ramzan could not previously be reported in case of prejudice at a series of trials at Leeds Crown Court.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC had already jailed the pair and 11 other men for raping or abusing the same girl from Halifax when she was aged between 13 and 15 and today jailed two others for sex offences against her and another man for supplying the girl with cannabis bringing the total sentences imposed to 169 years four months.
During the trials, the court heard the schoolgirl was preyed on by as many as 100 men, the majority of them of Asian origin, during a two year period.
Some took advantage because they saw her as vulnerable, others because word got round she was available.
The prosecution described her as “lonely, needy” and seeking friendship and love, a teenager who for a long time did not understand that she was a victim of child abuse being groomed and exploited.
On occasions the court heard she sought out the men who abused her simply because she wanted to escape from her unhappy childhood and had no sense of self-preservation or worth or the danger she was putting herself in.
Michelle Colborne QC prosecuting told one trial: “Under the effects of drink or drugs she let them have sex with her or was so intoxicated she could not say No.”
“She was a child who has no memory of the first time she had sex such is the extent of the exploitation.”
Juries at four separate trials heard how the schoolgirl was 13 when her mother died after a long illness, by which time she had already got used to fending for herself, sometimes in a house with no electricity or food.
Her father subsequently formed a new relationship and moved out for a time leaving her only with a sister or home alone.
She fell into a chaotic lifestyle and was recorded as vulnerable at school when she turned up wearing makeup and was seen associating with older youths.