Fifteen men have been sentenced to more than 150 years in prison for non-recent child sex offences.  Four more men were sentenced Friday at Leeds Crown Court for five offences, along with a further defendant convicted in an earlier trial.

The offending mainly took place in Halifax and Bradford between 2009 and 2011. One victim was sexually assaulted. The other victim was systematically abused by many men.

The conclusion of the trial  is the culmination of a four year long investigation by West Yorkshire Police  which resulted in 25 defendants being charged in December 2014 with offences including rape, trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, sexual activity with a child, sexual assault, voyeurism, sexual grooming, conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16, causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity without consent and supply of a controlled drug of class B.

Three separate trials have taken place between February and June  2016. The Judge imposed reporting restrictions.

The 15 defendants sentenced to date have amassed more than 169 years imprisonment between them, with sentencing ranging from five to 25 years.

Peter Mann, Head of the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

“We have worked closely with our colleagues at West Yorkshire Police since the start of this complex and lengthy operation.

“These men are responsible for a range of crimes involving child sexual exploitation and abuse. One victim was sexually assaulted in a car. The second victim was groomed, and systematically exploited by the older men she associated with. Some of her abusers acted together as a group, grooming her and plying her with drink and drugs. Others took advantage of her individually.

“Both these young women have shown immense courage and bravery in reporting these matters to the police and in providing evidence to enable us to bring a strong prosecution case to put before a jury.
“This case sends out a very clear message to all those who may be hesitating about coming forward to report matters such as these.  Make no mistake – we will not tolerate this type abuse on our streets or in our communities. We will not hesitate to bring dangerous criminals who carry out acts of sexual violence to justice.”

Those sentenced for abusing the victims are:

  • Aftab Hussain, aged 37 of Halifax. He pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual activity with a child in September last year and was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.
  • Haaris AHMED, aged 32 of Halifax He was found guilty of two counts sexual activity with a child and with the supply of class B drugs and was sentenced to 12 and a half years imprisonment.
  • Taukeer BUTT,  aged 31 of Halifax. He was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child -sentenced to ten year’s imprisonment.
  • Azeem SUBHANI, aged 25 of Halifax. He was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.
  • Tahir MAHMOOD, aged 43 of Halifax was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and sexual assault and was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.
  • Mohammed ALI AHMED, aged 43 of Halifax, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child and was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment.
  • Talib SADDIQ, aged 31 of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child – sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.
  • Amaar ALI DITTA, aged 27 of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.
  • Sikander Malik, aged 31 of Halifax  was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.
  • Haider ALI, aged 41 of Halifax, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and causing a person to engage in sexual activity – sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
  • Mohammed RAMZAN, aged 35 of Bradford, was found guilty of rape and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
  • Khalid ZAMAN, aged 38 of Bradford, was found guilty of two counts of rape and supplying class B drugs and sentenced to 17 and a half years imprisonment
  • Hedar ALI, aged 36 of Bradford, was found guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation and  sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.
  • Fasil Mahmood, aged 37 of Halifax, was found guilty of supply of class b drugs and was jailed for ten months
  • Sikander Ishaq, aged 31 of Halifax, was found guilty for one offence of sexual activity with a child and was jailed for six years
  • Mansoor Akhtar, aged 25 of Huddersfield, was found guilty of one charge of sexual activity with a child and pleaded guilty to supply Class B drugs and was jailed for six years
  • Farquaan Gafar, aged 31 of Derby, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual touching. He will be sentenced at a later date.