Sex abuse gang face sentence

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Published: Friday 28th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Seven Somali men who were part of an inner city sex ring that involved the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage British girls will be sentenced today.

Victims aged between 13 and 17 were preyed upon, sexually abused and trafficked across Bristol to be passed around the men’s friends for money.

Many of the girls were groomed to view the abuse as a normal part of being the “girlfriend” of a Somali man, as it was “culture and tradition” to be raped by their “boyfriend’s” friends.

One defendant, an aspiring boxer, forced a victim to be raped by his younger brother in a bid to save him from going to hell as he “wanted to turn gay”.

On another occasion, the 13-year-old girl was raped four times by three different men, having been trafficked across Bristol to a Premier Inn.

Police officers investigating the case rescued one 14-year-old victim from a cupboard in a flat, where she was found weeping “they made me do stuff” wearing only her underwear.

The case, now the subject of serious case reviews, follows similar exploitation of young girls across English towns and cities such as Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and Telford.

Avon and Somerset Police uncovered the two-year abuse against 10 victims during their investigation into the men, codenamed Operation Brooke.

A total of 14 were convicted of charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, facilitating child prostitution, trafficking, paying for the sexual services of a child and drug offences.

Eight were jailed for between 18 months and 13 years following the first of two lengthy trials at Bristol Crown Court.

A further seven defendants – including one who appeared in both trials – were convicted on Wednesday and will be sentenced by Judge Julian Lambert today.

Here is a list of the men and the charges they were convicted of:

:: Mohamed JUMALE (Deeq), 24, Allfoxton Road, Bristol

Guilty of one count of rape (Complainant 2).

Guilty of six counts of sexual activity with a child (Complainant 1).

Guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child (Complainant 2).

Guilty of one count of aiding and abetting Omar Jumale in sexual activity with a child (Complainant 1).

:: Omar JUMALE (no street name), 20, brother of Mohamed Jumale, HMP Bristol

Guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child (Complainant 1).

:: Mohamed DAHIR (Kamal), 22, Easton Road, Bristol

Guilty of one count of causing or inciting a child into child prostitution (Complainant 1).

:: Sakariah SHEIK, (Zac), 21, Barton Hill, Bristol

Guilty of one count of rape (Complainant 5).

Guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child (Complainant 1).

:: Said ZAKARIA (Target), 22, Seymour Road, Easton, Bristol

Guilty of two counts of rape (Complainant 1).

Guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child (Complainant 1).

Guilty one count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation (Complainant 1).

:: Jusuf ABDIZIRAK (Starns), 20, Hither Bath Bridge, Bristol

Guilty of one count of rape (Complainant 1).

:: Abdirashid ABDULAHI (Abs), 21, River Street, Bristol

Guilty of one count of rape (Complainant 4).

Published: Friday 28th November 2014 by The News Editor

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