THREE brothers who led the child sex gang that abused young girls in Rotherham have been jailed for between 19 and 35 years, according to The Sun. It came as a court heard a 12-year-old girl was beaten up by her own family when they found out she had been abused by one of the brothers.
After finding out the teen had performed sex acts on Bannaras Hussain when she was just 12 or 13 years old her brothers attacked her “because she was sexually involved with an Asian man”. The shocking level of abuse was heard as the three brothers who led the child sex gang, Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain were jailed for 35, 25 and 19 years respectively.
Their uncle Qurban Ali, 53, who was found guilty of conspiracy to rape, was jailed for 10 years. Associate Karen MacGregor, 58, was jailed for 13 years and Shelley Davies, 40, given an 18 month suspended term. Prosecutor Michelle Colborne QC said Bannaras Hussain, who pleaded guilty to ten offences, “was indifferent to whether [his victim] consented or not”.
On another occasion a young girl was sexually abused in a car park next to Rotherham Police Station. Colborne said: “When, shortly afterwards, a police car pulled up alongside them and asked what was going on, Bannaras Hussain shouted ‘she’s just sucking my c***, mate’.
“The police car drove off.” Hussain and his two brothers, Arshid and Basharat, are due to be sentenced later today after being found guilty of multiple rapes, indecent assaults and a range of other offences. Many of the trio’s victims, most of whom are now in their 30s, sat in the public gallery overlooking the packed courtroom. They previously told jurors they were sexually, physically and emotionally abused by the brothers, who “ruled Rotherham” when they were in their early teens.
Another victim’s sister described the abused girl as a “broken human being”. Colborne handed in a pile of victim personal statements, highlighting a comment from one girl who said the Hussain brothers acted “as a pack of animals” when she was urinated on. The prosecutor said: “They describe from their teenage years a life in the main of feeling dirty, ashamed and guilty. Between them, a plethora of emotional conditions – eating disorders, self-harm, agoraphobia, self-loathing and terminations for many of them from the age of 14 – events they have never been able to put behind them.”
Colborne said many of the victims have had relationship problems throughout their lives and have found themselves subjected to domestic violence. The gang were involved in a drugs and guns operation and abused young girls while dodging justice thanks to alliances with disgraced cops. Their uncle Qurban Ali, 53, and two women Karen MacGregor, 58, and Shelley Davis, 40, were also found guilty of multiple offences.
On Wednesday, victims of the gang welcomed the convictions after so many years of being disbelieved and ignored by authorities.