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Behind bars, ‘wicked’ gang in vile abuse of teenagers

‘Inhuman’: (clockwise from top left) Mohammed Akram, Niaz Ahmed, Asif Bashir and Mohammed Imran Ibrar were part of a 20-strong gang PICTURES: WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE/PA

FOUR members of a grooming gang that sexually abused vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield have been jailed.

Mohammed Akram, Niaz Ahmed Mohammed Imran Ibrar and Asif Bashir were part of a 20-strong gang of men that carried out ‘inhuman’ abuse of a total of 15 girls from 2004 to 2011.

Sentencing them for crimes against three victims, Judge Simon Phillips QC said: ‘The way that you treated these girls defies understanding, this abuse was vile and wicked.’

The girls, who were plied with drugs and alcohol before being abused against their will, became ‘conditioned and immersed’, he told Leeds crown court as some of the victims watched the sentencing via a TV link.

The judge said their impact statements were ‘harrowing reading’.

One felt she was ‘used goods’ aged just 17 and only managed to escape the defendants when she became pregnant.

Another girl still felt she was at risk every time she left the house, adding: ‘It has basically ruined the rest of my life.’ The grooming gang was split into three separate trials, with Akram, Ahmed, Ibrar and Bashir, all from Huddersfield, found guilty of ten offences last month.

Akram 33, was jailed for 17 years after being convicted of two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation and two of rape.

The court heard how, when he crashed his car into the wall of a mosque, he ran away and left two victims at the scene of the accident when they ‘clearly were in need of medical attention’.

The judge said he had shown ‘complete disregard’ for the safety of the girls.

Ahmed, 54, received five years for sexual assault and inciting a child to engage in a sexual activity.

Ibrar, 34, was jailed for three years for sexual exploitation and assault. Bashir, 33, was sentenced to 11 years for rape and attempted rape.

The four were sentenced to a total of 36 years. The latest sentences take the total for the 20 members to 257 years.