Asian child sex gang abused girls as young as 13 in back of a van

Daily Mail - - News - By Andy Dolan

AN ASIAN groom­ing gang re­peat­edly raped and abused teenage girls in a van they called the ‘s**gwagon’, a court heard.

Eight men be­friended vul­ner­a­ble girls aged 13 to 17 and plied them with drink and drugs be­fore tak­ing them to ‘sex par­ties’.

Jail­ing six of the group for a to­tal of al­most 90 years yes­ter­day, a judge said the po­lice had un­cov­ered ‘sys­tem­atic and wide­spread groom­ing’ and branded the gang ‘preda­tory and cyn­i­cal’.

The case is the lat­est in a string of groom­ing gang scan­dals. Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid said last night: ‘As a fa­ther my­self, I am glad that this bar­baric group of men are fi­nally be­hind bars. As the Home Sec­re­tary, I will do all in my power to leave the cal­lous cowards who groom and sex­u­ally abuse chil­dren with no place to hide.’

The men co­erced their five vic­tims into sex at a num­ber of ad­dresses across Oxford in­clud­ing B&Bs – and at least one ad­dress in Lon­don, Oxford Crown Court heard.

Other sex at­tacks unfolded in cars parked in lay-bys or at parks in the univer­sity city. Some of the girls were picked up in cars, the court heard, but many re­called a black Nis­san Ser­ena peo­ple car­rier which the at­tack­ers nick­named their ‘s**gwagon’.

The court heard the ve­hi­cle, which had a li­cence plate end­ing in SHG, was used in many of the at­tacks, in­clud­ing gang rapes. One vic­tim said: ‘ They would pick the girls, have sex with them, and dump them. Ev­ery­thing hap­pened in that Ser­ena.’ The same woman said the men would ‘take it in turns’ to have sex with her and gang rapes would take place af­ter she was plied with al­co­hol and drugs.

An­other vic­tim de­scribed be­ing pres­sured into sex at nu­mer­ous lo­ca­tions across Oxford, in­clud­ing woods, lay- bys and near Oxford City FC’s Court Place Farm ground. She told jurors how four of the de­fen­dants – As­sad Hus­sain, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hus­sain and Al­la­ditta Yousaf – had all abused or raped her on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions.

An­other woman, who was 14 at the time, was sex­u­ally as­saulted by Moinul Is­lam at a B&B in the city, the court heard.

A fourth vic­tim told po­lice once in­ves­ti­ga­tions had be­gun in 2015 that she was re­peat­edly raped and sex­u­ally as­saulted, adding: ‘[They] made you be­lieve they ac­tu­ally care about you, and they ac­tu­ally don’t. Like you are some­thing im­por­tant to them, that you are a friend to them.

‘And, re­ally, it wasn’t that. It was just to get what they want.’

Jurors recorded the fi­nal con­vic­tion against the gang in March, af­ter al­most 108 hours of de­lib­er­a­tions over the course of 24 days. It brought an end to a trial which had be­gun the pre­vi­ous Oc­to­ber.

Judge Peter Ross said the ‘sin­is­ter’ gang’s vic­tims ‘were brought into the group through flat­tery, mak­ing them feel a sense of be­long­ing’. He added: ‘It is clear that there were hun­dreds of episodes of sex­ual abuse. The im­pact on the vic­tims of these of­fences has been shat­ter­ing.

‘It must be re­mem­bered that each of you in your own way played a part in de­stroy­ing the lives of these young women.’ The judge said po­lice were ‘en­ti­tled to com- men­da­tions’ for their work in bring­ing the men to jus­tice, and thanked jurors for their ‘phe­nom­e­nal’ ded­i­ca­tion to what be­came the long­est jury de­lib­er­a­tion in Oxford Crown Court his­tory.

De­fence bar­ris­ters claimed the gang were ‘ im­ma­ture’. Mark Ge­orge QC, de­fend­ing As­sad Hus­sain, pointed to his client’s up­bring­ing in the Mus­lim com­mu­nity, which he said ‘does have a ten­dency to en­cour­age clan­des­tine re­la­tion­ships’ be­cause he was not al­lowed to bring girl­friends home or have sex be­fore mar­riage. Ap­pear­ing for sen­tence yes­ter­day, the eight men were jailed for be­tween seven and 15 years each for a range of of­fences in­clud­ing rape and sex­ual as­sault.

Hus­sain, 37, Is­lam, 42, Iqbal, 39, and 38-year- old Khalid Hus­sain were all handed lengthy sen­tences for rape. Haji Khan, 38, got ten years for con­spir­acy to rape, while Yousaf, 48, was handed seven years for in­de­cent as­sault.

Ra­heem Ahmed, 41, and Kam­ran Khan, 36, were jailed in April for in­de­cent as­sault and false im­pris­on­ment. A ninth de­fen­dant, Sa­boor Ab­dul, was ac­quit­ted of rape. Speak­ing af­ter the case, prose­cu­tor Adrian Fos­ter called their ac­tions ‘ab­hor­rent’.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice said the vic­tims were from a ‘va­ri­ety of back­grounds’. The case fol­lows a se­ries of other pros­e­cu­tions around the coun­try of pre­dom­i­nantly Asian groom­ing gangs who tar­geted mainly white vic­tims.

Chief Con­sta­ble Simon Bai­ley, of the Na­tional Po­lice Chief’s Coun­cil, has warned that groom­ing is tak­ing place ‘in towns and cities up and down the coun­try’.

‘Ev­ery­thing hap­pened in that Nis­san’

Van: Nis­san Ser­ena like the one used by gang

Ra­heem Ahmed

Kameer Iqbal

Khalid Hus­sain

Al­la­ditta Yousaf

Kam­ran Khan

Moinul Is­lam

Haji Khan

As­sad Hus­sain

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