Guy Birchall, The Sun, December 18, 2015
Eleven members of a depraved Asian sex gang who sexually abused one white girl have been branded “insolent and disrespectful” by a judge as they were found guilty at Bradford Crown Court.
Ten men were found guilty of rape and an eleventh man was found guilty of sexual activity in a unanimous verdict following a seven-week trial.
The victim as aged between 13 and 14 when she was raped and abused repeatedly by the depraved group of men.
On one horrifying occasion the girl was raped by five men in succession, the court was told.
One defendant was also found guilty of raping a second underage victim in 2009.
In the packed courtroom, members of the public gallery cried out in disbelief and one shouted to the court that the conviction was a “set up”, before being led out, as the verdicts were read out.
Judge Roger Thomas QC told the court that the defendants had treated the proceedings with “contempt and arrogance”.
He said: “In 40 years of practice, I have never seen a dock that has been as insolent and disrespectful as this one.
“I have the poorest of opinions about the defendants.”
During the trial at Bradford Crown Court the jury of seven women and one man, heard that she was passed around and used by the group of “nasty” men by ringleader Ahmed Al-Choudhury..
Choudhury was not in the line-up of men standing trial.
During the trial the jury also heard that in an underground car park where some of the abuse took place, there was painted over graffiti which read the victim’s name and the word “corner”.
The eleven defendants will be sentenced on February, 5, along with a twelfth defendant, Khalid Mahmood, 34, who previously pleaded guilty to five counts of rape.
Praising the police, Judge Thomas said: “This has been a very considerable exercise for the police.
“The victim was missing from home and school so often–it seems to be accurate that police and other agencies were doing their best to try to exercise some control over the victim.
“They were met with an unhappy young girl who was in a vulnerable position and unable to take their help.”
Speaking after the verdict, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker, from West Yorkshire Police described the investigation as “challenging, complex and sensitive” and heralded the bravery of the victims.
He said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victims who have shown a great deal of courage in standing up to their perpetrators.
“These young girls were preyed upon and either raped or sexually assaulted.
“One was even passed around by these men for no other reason than their own gratification.
“Child sexual exploitation is one of the most important challenges facing the police. It is totally unacceptable and it is the responsibility of all agencies, communities and individuals to identify those responsible and help bring them to justice.
“Protecting the victims is a priority. However unwilling they may be initially to engage with police or other agencies, or to give evidence against the perpetrators, they will always be supported and protected from further harm.”
Sufyan Ziarab, 22, from Keighley, West Yorks., was found guilty of two counts of rape.
His brother Bilal Ziarab, 21, from Bradford,West Yorks., was also found guilty of two counts of rape.
Yasser Kabir, 25, from Keighley was found guilty of three counts of Rape and not guilty of one count of rape.
Hussain Sardar, 19, from Keighley was found guilty of one count of rape and not guilty of a second count of rape.
Nasir Khan, 22, from Keighley, was found guilty of one count of rape and not guilty of two counts of rape.
Saqib Younis, 29, from Keighley was found guilty of one count of rape and not guilty of a second count of rape.
Israr Ali, 19, from Keighley, was found guilty of one count of rape and not guilty of a second count of rape.
Faisal Khan, 27, from Keighley was found guilty of one count of rape and not guilty of a second count of rape.
Zain Ali, 20, from Keighley, was found guilty of one count of rape and not guilty of a second count of rape.
Tanqueer Hussain, 23, from Keighley was found guilty of two counts of rape with regard to one victim, guilty of one count of raping a second underage victim and not guilty of a final count of rape.
Mohammed Akram, 63, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.