A gang of 12 men have been jailed for a combined total of 140 years over the grooming and rape of a girl. They were found guilty of 16 offences started in May 2011 when the girl was 13 and continued until June 2012, metro.co.uk reported. Judge Roger Thomas QC handed the men sentences of between three-and-a-half and 20 years detention, including an extended sentence for one of the men, Mahmood. He said, “You’re all to be sentenced, all of you, for offences against a young vulnerable child.
“She was only 13 or 14 when the 12 of you took such terrible and heartless sexual advantage of her.” The judge said cases such as these were classed as child sexual exploitation. He said, “This is a category of case which involves the sexual exploitation of usually young, vulnerable girls by groups of men who take advantage of a child for their own selfish, sexual gratification.”
Kabir, who received the greatest jail term of 20 years, was also sentenced for 12 sexual offences against two other young girls after being found guilty at a separate trial. Mr Hampton said the abuse took place over a period of two years when one girl was aged between six and seven and the other was aged between seven and nine. Judge Thomas said all four victims had suffered ‘severe psychological harm’.
A trial last year heard how the teenager was repeatedly raped by the men in encounters arranged by a violent drug dealer over a period of 13 months between 2011 and 2012. On one occasion, the girl was gang-raped by five of the defendants.