From The Telegraph and the Manchester Evening News
The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who groomed young white girls for sex can finally be unmasked after he was found guilty of 30 child rape charges.
Shabir Ahmed, 59, led a child sex exploitation ring of nine men who targeted vulnerable young girls in the Rochdale and Oldham areas of Greater Manchester. He was jailed for 19 years last month following an 11-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court. But Ahmed - known to his victims by the nickname "Daddy" - could not be named as he was awaiting trial on separate child rape charges.
Today he was convicted of 30 charges of rape by a jury at Manchester Crown Court and Judge Mushtaq Khokhar lifted reporting restrictions, which means he can be identified for the first time.
The court heard that he raped and sexually abused a young Asian girl over many years. There go the press, still refusing to be specific. The jury was not told of his involvement in the Rochdale child sex grooming scandal until Ahmed went into the witness box and revealed all as part of his bid to persuade them he was the victim of a conspiracy against the Muslim community.
The court was told he treated her as a "possession" which he used for his own sexual gratification. Ahmed, formerly of Windsor Road, Oldham, wearing a black Lonsdale tracksuit top, smirked as the jury returned the unanimous verdicts.
Rachel Smith, opening the case for the prosecution, said Ahmed repeatedly raped the victim for more than a decade. "She tried to make him stop, but it was to no avail. . . The defendant was a violent and controlling man," said Miss Smith, adding that he dominated his victim and would subject her to extreme violence.
The jury in the latest case dismissed his defence in finding him guilty of 30 counts of rape. Ahmed, formerly of Winsor Road, had denied all charges, claiming the victim had either made her story up or imagined it.
Judge Mushtaq Khokhar lifted the ban on identifying Ahmed and told him:”As you know you have been convicted of serious offences. The court does require further information in your case before proceeding to sentence.” He adhourned the sentencing until August 2 for the preparation of reports. He dismisssed an application by Ahmed's barrister for immediate sentencing.
The victim in the latest case had gone to the police about the abuse but initially decided not to prosecute the case. It was only when police arrested Ahmed over the Rochdale scandal that they went back to the victim and she gave full details of the systematic sexual abuse she suffered at his hands. She told how he continued to rape her even as she sobbed - exactly what he did when he raped a girl of 15 as part of the Rochdale grooming case.
During one of many rants during the latest trial, he said: "We are a civilised society. We are the supreme race, not these white b******s (pointing to police officers in court)."
He continued: "You will not get a CBE. You will not get an MBE. You will get a DM, a destroyer of Muslims. You were born one thousand years too late. You f***ed my community.. You destroyed my community and our children. None of us did that. White people trained those girls to be so much advanced in sex. They were coming without hesitation to Rochdale,Oldham, Bradford, Leeds and Nelson and wherever."
He said the jury in Liverpool has been 'taking instructions' from BNP leader Nick Griffin and later pointed to Rachel Smith, who prosecuted both cases on behalf of the Crown, saying: "I curse you at night. I curse you and your family. You will understand (pointing at Judge Khokhar). I curse the juries. I curse the media and most of you b******s. Your family will get it. You have destroyed our community... Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Maggie Thatcher. They are all the same. They're all on the take. They (looking at the police) are on the take. It's true. They are all bent b******s. It has to be taken by average people like you and I. They take all the money and we take all the weight. These (pointing at the police officers) were p****d on by Theresa May. May you be more p****d on."
His name was known to those of us taking an interest. The Crown Court listed all the men on trial on the MOJ website; the press then didn't use one of those name. We believed there were further charges pending and, so far as I know no one revealed that name on a public forum so as not to put that case in jeopardy. This is the same name, a similar offence on the other side of the Pennines, by a different man some 20 years younger.