Six members of a Rotherham sex-abuse gang, who groomed and then abused girls as young as 11, were sentenced to 81 years in prison today. The Telegraph reports two of the men yelled “Allahu Akbar” as they were led to prison:
There were chaotic and emotional scenes at Sheffield Crown Court after two of six men jailed for sex offences relating to the woman and another victim shouted “Allahu Akbar” – translated as “God is greater” – as they were led from the dock.
As their supporters began shouting down into the packed courtroom, one of the victims shouted back “justice is served” as police moved into the public gallery.
The sentence today was for the grooming and sexual abuse of two girls between 1999 and 2001. Basharat Dad received a 20 year sentence for multiple counts of rape and other charges. Nasar Dad got 14 years. Tayab Dad, Matloob Hussain and Mohammed Sadiq were each given 13 years. Finally, Amjad Ali, who had pleaded guilty last year, was given 11 years.
One of the two girls abused by the men, became pregnant at age 12. Although she was unable to identify the father because of the drugs and alcohol involved, a DNA test eventually revealed Amjad Ali was the father.
In an impact statement read to the court by the prosecutor, the victim said, “There’s evil and truly evil people in the world. I feel my child was the product of pure evil.” She added, “I was drawn into a world of fear, rape and horrific abuse. I lost my childhood at the hands of those men.”
A 2014 investigation into child sexual abuse in Rotherham concluded that at least 1,400 young girls had been abused by gangs of mostly Pakistani men. This is the third major prosecution of men involved in the abuse. A total of 18 people have been jailed for a total of 280 years.