- Advertisement -spot_img
12.2 C
Bradford
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Keighley grooming gang jailed could get increased jail time

Four men from Keighley who were jailed over multiple counts of raping the same girl last month could get their sentences increased.

Four men from Keighley who were jailed over multiple counts of raping the same girl last month could get their sentences increased.

An application has been made to the Attorney General to increase their sentences under the Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme which allows members of the public to ask for certain sentences to be reviewed.

If the first stage is successful, the Court of Appeal will review the length of the sentences and could increase the sentences for all or them.

The four men, Baber Hussain, Hassan Basharat,  Omar Safdar, and Imran Sabir, were given thirteen and twelve-year sentences each.

Mr Hussain, 36, of Thorn Lane, Heaton, was jailed for 13 years for seven counts of rape.

Mr Basharat, 32, of Highfield Road, Keighley, was jailed for 12 years for one count of rape and conspiring to rape with one of his co-defendants, Imran Sabir.

Mr Safdar, 30, who was already in prison, was jailed for 12 years for three counts of rape. He raped the victim in her own home on one occasion despite her asking him not to attend.

Mr Sabir, 42, of Spencer Street, Keighley, was jailed for 12 years for one count of rape and conspiring to rape with Basharat.

The sexually exploited girl, who was described as “extremely troubled and tormented” was fifteen at the time she was raped and cannot be named for legal reasons.

The men would rape her, either individually, or together, often plying her with alcohol. They drove the girl to parks, flats and isolated places in Keighley.

The victim at the centre of this case wanted to make a statement following the sentencing.  She said: “The driving force for me to keep going through all of this was so that it prevents it from happening to other people, and also it might help other people come forward.”

Mr Basharat was also jailed for a further eight months each for two charges of dangerous driving, in Reading, Berkshire, and Saltaire, in April 2020 and January 2021 respectively. This took his total sentence to 13 years and four months.

Ed Hulbert from the CPS said: “These men cynically manipulated and ruthlessly exploited a young and vulnerable girl.

“They plied her with drugs and alcohol and abused her systematically and repeatedly. They raped her when she was alone and unprotected.”

- Advertisement -spot_img

Latest News