TWO BROTHERS from Shropshire convicted of a series of sex offences involving teenage girls have been jailed for a combined total of 32 years.
Unemployed Ahdel Ali was jailed for a total of 18 years for the rape and sexual abuse of a schoolgirl and selling other teenage girls as prostitutes. His older brother, Mubarek Ali, received a total of 14 years for controlling and trafficking teenage girls as child prostitutes.
Sentencing the brothers at Worcester Crown Court yesterday, Judge Thomas said the defendants’ motives for the offences went beyond profit.
“It involved sheer gratuitous pleasure in the power you exercised over these unhappy girls. For you it was fun, for them it was degradation,” he said.
He said the brothers, both of Regent Street, Wellington, had encouraged the victims to drink and smoke cannabis and ‘deliberately and cynically’ used them to weaken the girls’ resistance and subdue them.
“An aggravating feature is you recognised that the girls lacked self-esteem and self-confidence and you preyed on their weaknesses. Your motives throughout were squalid, demeaning and selfish,” he said.
Judge Thomas said the two men had told ‘big lies and blamed the victims’ during trial and added he was satisfied they presented a significant risk to the public.
Ahdel Ali, 25, who was known as Eddie, and 29-year-old Mubarek Ali, known as Max, were also made the subject to a life long sexual offences prevention order and will have to serve an eight-year licence period after release.
At an earlier trial at Stafford Crown Court Ahdel Ali was convicted of 18 offences and Mubarek of seven offences all relating to the sexual exploitation of teenage girls. They had denied the charges, committed between March 2008 and December, 2009.