Predators jailed who sexually abused vulnerable Halifax schoolgirl

A judge has passed jail sentences totalling more than 150 years on 13 men convicted of the horrific sexual abuse of a vulnerable schoolgirl from Halifax.

Four other men have yet to be sentenced for sex offences in the case, which could not previously be reported because of potential prejudice to a series of trials at Leeds Crown Court but restrictions were lifted this evening (June 16) at the end of the fourth and last trial.

Leeds Crown Court.

Leeds Crown Court.

One other man faces sentence for supplying her with cannabis.

The girl was raped and abused between the ages of 13 and 15. One of the men sentenced for offences against her was also jailed for a sexual assault on another girl.

After the verdicts senior investigating officer Detective Chief inspector Nicola Bryar, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “This was the largest and longest running investigation into child sexual exploitation in Calderdale.

“At the centre of the complex enquiry were two young vulnerable victims who were preyed upon by men for their own sexual gratification. I would like to praise them for their courage in coming forward and firstly disclosing the offences, then bravely giving evidence.

“I hope the outcome of these trials will enable them to start to put this trauma behind them and reassure any other potential victims that we will treat them with the utmost sensitivity and take positive actions against the perpetrators.

“Child sexual exploitation is one of the most important challenges facing the police and is a top priority for West Yorkshire Police.

“Together with the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and partner agencies we are committed to doing everything we can to safeguard children – significant resources have allocated to the teams investigating this horrendous crime.

“We welcome the Serious Case review which is taking place and will work closely with our partners to adopt the findings that ensure that we minimise the risk to children.

“We would appeal for anyone who fears they may be a victim or for anyone who has any concerns that a child they know may be a victim to report it to police.”

Aftab Hussain, 37, of Halifax, who pleaded guilty in September last year to two offences of sexual activity with a child, was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Haaris Ahmed, 32, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts sexual activity with a child and with the supply of Class B drugs. He was sentenced to 12 and a half years imprisonment.

Taukeer Butt, 31, of Halifax, was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Azeem Subhani, 25, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Tahir Mahmood. 43, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and sexual assault. He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.

Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 43, of Halifax, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment.

Talib Saddiq, 31, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child, and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Amaar Ali Ditta, 27, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Sikander Malik, 31, of Halifax, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Haider Ali, 41, of Halifax, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and causing a person to engage in sexual activity. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

Mohammed Ramzan, 35, of Bradford, was found guilty of rape, and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Khalid Zaman, 38, of Bradford, was found guilty of two counts of rape and supplying Class B drugs and was sentenced to 17 and a half years in jail.

Hedar Ali, 36, of Bradford, was found guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation. He was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.