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Justice served: 25 men sentenced in landmark Kirklees child sexual abuse investigation

Combined 346 years of jail time handed down in Operation Tourway

In a monumental stride towards justice, the curtains have closed on a prolonged legal battle as Leeds Crown Court delivered sentences to 25 individuals involved in a harrowing saga of child sexual abuse in Kirklees. The culmination of Operation Tourway, a rigorous multi-year investigation, saw the perpetrators facing the consequences of their reprehensible actions, with sentences totalling a staggering 346 years.

The recent sentencing, conducted on 26 April, marked the conclusion of a series of trials that spanned from 2022 to 2024. Among those sentenced, Asif Ali, Mohammed Tausif Hanif, Ali Shah, Moshin Nadat, Sarfraz Miraf, Mohammed Nazam Nasser, and Amir Ali Hussain faced the weight of justice for their multiple offenses against vulnerable young girls. Additionally, one individual was subjected to a hospital order following a court ruling.

The convictions stem from a grave period between 1999 and 2012, during which eight young girls fell victim to heinous acts of rape, sexual abuse, and trafficking. The severity of the crimes was underscored by the lengthy sentences imposed, with one perpetrator receiving over 30 years of incarceration.

With the lifting of reporting restrictions, the identities and sentences of all 24 convicted individuals can now be disclosed to the public.

These names are etched in the annals of justice, serving as a stark reminder of the evil they perpetrated. They are:

Khurum Raziq (42) from Heckmondwike sentenced to 22 years after being found guilty of eight offences of rape.

Nasar Hussain (46) from Dewsbury sentenced to 18 years after being found guilty of three rape offences.

Zafar Qayum (44) from Dewsbury sentenced to 30 years for six counts of rape, five counts of indecent assault and three counts of aiding and abetting rape.

Ansar  Qayum (47) from Dewsbury was sentenced to 20 years for four counts of rape and one offence of attempted indecent assault.

Mohammed Jabbar Qayum (43) from Dewsbury was sentenced to 13 years for two offences of rape committed against one victim.

Mohammed Imran Zada (45) from Batley sentenced to 15 years for four offences of rape and an offence of sexual activity with a child  – 15 years

Michael Birkenshaw (37) from Wakefield was sentenced to eight years for an offence of rape.

Amran Mehrban (40) from Batley sentenced to 13 years for two offences of rape and an offence of assault by penetration

Sarkaut Yasen (38) from Dewsbury sentenced to 15 years for an offence of trafficking and three offences of aiding and abetting rape.

Mohammed Saleem Nasir (48) from Dewsbury sentenced to 19 years for three offences of rape and an offence of aiding and abetting rape.

Irfan Khan (37) from Batley sentenced to 12 years and five years extended licence for three offences of rape and an offence of  making threats to kill

Omar Farooq Hussain (39) from Batley was sentenced to 18 years for four offences of rape.

Sarfraz Hussain Riaz (40) from Dewsbury was sentenced to 15 years for two offences of rape and an offence of attempted rape.

Zafar Iqbal (38) from Batley was sentenced to 17 years for an offence of indecency with child, trafficking and three offences of rape.

Nasar Iqbal (38) from Batley was sentenced to 10 years for an offence of trafficking and an offence of rape

Mohammed Chothia (47) from Batley was sentenced to 17 years for four offences of rape and an offence of trafficking

Bilal Patel (42) from Leicester was sentenced to 13 years for an offence of trafficking and an offence of rape.

Asif Ali (53) from Batley was sentenced to 24 years for 14 counts of rape, two offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and offences of trafficking for sexual exploitation, intentionally encouraging or assisting an offender and aiding, abetting or procuring rape.

Mohammed Tauseef Hanif (39) from Dewsbury was jailed for nine and a half years for an offence of rape.

Ali Shah (38) from Dewsbury was sentenced to 10 years for one offence of rape.

Moshin Nadat (38) from Heckmondwike was sentenced to seven and a half years for one offence of rape.

Safraz Miraf (49) from Dewsbury was sentenced to four and a half years for an offence of attempted rape

Mohammed Nazam Nasser (38) from Batley was sentenced to seven and a half years for an offence of rape

Amir Ali Hussain (45) from Batley was sentenced to eight years for an offence of rape.

The road to justice was paved with the unwavering determination of dedicated safeguarding detectives who initiated investigations in 2015, unearthing more suspects as their inquiries progressed. The culmination of their efforts culminated in a series of arrests starting from November 2018, followed by formal charges in December 2020.

Speaking on behalf of Kirklees Police, DCI Oliver Coates hailed the bravery of the victims who stepped forward, enabling authorities to bring the perpetrators to account for their despicable actions. He said: “The conviction and sentencing of these latest eight men represents a significant milestone for victims in this case.

“Their bravery in coming forwards and identifying their abusers has allowed us to take action against men whose offending and behaviour can only be described as abhorrent in the extreme.

“Now that reporting restrictions have been lifted we can, for the first time, disclose full details of all those sentenced so far in what has been a long trial process.”

He added: “Throughout the last two years juries have heard details of absolutely shocking offending committed against victims in these cases.

“Some of these men received in excess of 20 years each for the multiple offences they committed and the unbelievably callous and degrading way in which they treated these then young girls.

“Men such Asif Ali, who alone was found guilty of 14 rape offences, committed appalling sexual abuse on a scale which can barely be believed, and saw their young victims as defenceless commodities to be abused and traded at whim.

“Far from being powerless however, those young women have instead fought back as adults and forced them to account for their crimes.

“They displayed real courage and determination in giving evidence through what have been lengthy trials and supporting our investigations.

As the sentences are handed down and the perpetrators face the consequences of their crimes, the community of Kirklees stands united in solidarity with the survivors, affirming its commitment to safeguarding the most vulnerable members of society and ensuring that justice prevails.

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