Telford CSE trial: Child sex gang jailed for abuse of teenage girl
Four Telford men were today jailed for between four-and-a-half and eight years for sexually abusing a vulnerable young girl who was "passed around like a piece of meat".
The victim told how she was forced to perform sex acts in a churchyard, raped above a shop on a filthy mattress, and violently abused when she tried to refuse their advances.
In all, five men went on trial at Birmingham Crown Court, leading to convictions for four of the defendants while another was cleared.
Sentencing the men today, Judge Melbourne Inman QC said the men had abused a "helpless" victim, who had been groomed until she was "no longer in effective control of her own life".
Addressing the ring-leader, Mohammed Ali Sultan, Judge Melbourne Inman QC, the Recorder of Birmingham, said: "The victim was clearly extremely frightened of you, and you exercised significant control over her."
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Turning to the three other men, he said: "There were a group of you using this girl, you all tended to meet in the same type of areas; a churchyard, or near a pizza place."
The offences took place in Telford between 2001 and 2002, and started when the girl, now an adult, was just 13.
Jailing "controlling" and abusive Ali Sultan for eight years, the judge said: "When last at liberty, you clearly attacked a number of victims over a prolonged period.
"Now the full extent of your offending is apparent, you've shown no remorse in relation to the present allegations and no insight as far as I can see into the offending.
"You remain, clearly, a very dangerous man."
Imposing a two-year extended licence period, the judge added: "You will be eligible for release, after serving two-thirds of your sentence, but won't be entitled to release until the Parole Board is satisfied you don't represent a danger of the public."
Co-defendant Mohammad Rizwan, 37, of Mafeking Road, Telford, was also convicted of two counts of indecent assault and was handed a five-and-a-half year jail term.
Shafiq Younas, 35, of Regent Street, Wellington, who was convicted of indecently assaulting the victim in a churchyard, was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Amjad Hussain, 38, of Acacia Drive, Leegomery, convicted of a single count of indecent assault on Tuesday, was also jailed for four-and-a-half years.
All the men must sign the sex offenders register, and both a sexual harm prevention order and restraining order were imposed on Ali Sultan.
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