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'Wicked' pair get 36 years for raping and drugging teenage girls in Keighley
7:00am Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
Two men have been imprisoned for a total of 36 years for the “wicked and pernicious” drugging and raping of vulnerable schoolgirls they picked up off the streets of Keighley.
Uncle and nephew Shazad Rehman and Bilal Hussain, known to their victims as Yaz and Naz, raped a 14-year-old girl “one after the other” and each committed a brutal rape and assaults on other underage girls.
Rehman, 30, of no fixed address, was imprisoned for 18 and a half years and Hussain, 23, of Neville Road Avenue, Leeds, for 17 and a half years.
They were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday afternoon after the jury found them guilty of all counts against them.
Rehman was convicted of raping two 14-year-old girls, one repeatedly, sexually assaulting a third underage girl and sexual activity with a child.
Hussain was convicted of raping two girls, one repeatedly, and common assault.
Both men were found guilty of multiple charges of supplying cannabis to underage girls and conspiracy to intimidate a witness.
Judge Jonathan Rose told them: “Over a period of some months, beginning in May 2010, both of you engaged in a course of conduct which has become increasingly and depressingly familiar in this country.
“It is conduct which is pernicious, wicked and determined. It involved the targeting of young girls. Girls who were already damaged. Girls who were already very vulnerable. Girls who were immature and seeking, perhaps, adventure, companionship, affection and even love.
“You appeared in your fancy cars, with money to spend and compliments to pay, and with alcohol and drugs, to entice these girls into those cars and then you took them somewhere private and hidden, there to sexually violate, abuse and degrade those girls until bored, you sought what you, Shazad Rehman, called fresh meat.”
Judge Rose continued: “I don’t have a shadow of doubt that you caused incalculable psychological harm to your victims.”
He said that, although neither man lived in Keighley, they went to the town looking to find unhappy children who would go with them for fun and a good time.
What the girls got was “sordid and loveless sexual abuse”.
They were smuggled in through the back door of “squalid” hotels where cash was paid, or sneaked into a house Rehman had access to, their heads covered in hoods.
The men could then do as they liked with their young victims as they lay practically insensible after being plied with vodka and cannabis spliffs.
Girls were taken to the Campanile Hotel in Roysdale Way on the Euroway industrial estate in Bradford and the Alder House Hotel at Batley. Some went missing for days.
Judge Rose said the men had “an endless lust” for underage girls.
The victim of repeated rape convinced herself she loved Rehman and he loved her. At 14, she feared she was pregnant.
“When will that child ever learn to trust a man again?” the judge asked.
Another 14-year-old girl said she felt ashamed, dirty and worthless after she was drugged and raped.
After the men had sexually abused the girls, they gave them a few pounds for a MacDonald’s, a KFC, Skittles or crisps and paid for their bus or taxi fare home.
The girls did not tell anyone because they thought they would be labelled “slags” who were “up for it”.
“You used them and you dumped them saying: ‘We need to update and get better birds’,” Judge Rose said.
The men had pulled up near to two girls, aged 12 and 13, in a residential area of Keighley and been chased off by an angry mother.
Rehman had carried on abusing young girls after he was bailed and given a police warning to keep away from them.
Then, when both men were behind bars awaiting trial, they repeatedly rang a single mother to frighten her into not giving evidence against them.
Rehman and Hussain must sign on the sex offenders’ register for life and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order without limit of time protects children from them.