Shabir Ahmed: the sex gang ringleader who blamed white community for not looking after girls
For years worried parents and neighbours pointed out the problem and were pooh-poohed and accused of being racist. More on Shabir Ahmed from The Telegraph
Shabir Ahmed, the man at the heart of the conspiracy carried on a secret affair with the white teenager who acted as his recruiter. For a year he lived in fear that people in his own community might find out about the relationship and ostracise him.
On every occasion the couple had sex he would “go home, say two units of prayer and ask Allah forgiveness for doing wrong”.
He told the jury that fellow Pakistanis would regard him as having “infested” their community by sleeping with a white girl. “It’s not just them who are racist. We are racist too”. Ahmed, who could not be named during the original trial, cut a belligerent figure in the courtroom, hurling insults at the judge and prosecution barristers and claiming he was the victim of a police-led conspiracy.
But for all his bravado he was unable to refute one crucial piece of evidence about DNA found on the clothing of a girl he raped and later trafficked around the north-west.
The defendant came to Britain as a boy in 1967. That was the year when the Ugandan Asians were expelled by Idi Amin. I wonder if he was one such? He settled in Oldham and raised a family, but has been separated from his wife since 2000. He began the cycle of sexual abuse by plying his 15-year-old victim with vodka and then raping her above a takeaway restaurant in Heywood, Rochdale.
Ahmed blamed the white community for allowing teenage girls to go around unsupervised, so that at a young age they were “trained” in both sex and drinking. “When they come to us they are fully trained and they start their own business,” he said.
Posted on 06/21/2012 11:13 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
21 Jun 2012
Not that it detracts from the story in any way, but your dates are a bit orf: Amin seized power in 1971 and began to expel Asians the following year. (We benefitted from an influx of hard-working, entrepreneurial people who opened shops and revitalised many areas - but amongst all the wheat came a rather unpalatable lump of chaff in the person of the young Yasmin Alibhai.)
21 Jun 2012
You may be right - I just remember an influx of Asians (in the true sense of including Muslims, HIndus and Sikhs) into my borough and school during my time in Third form (Y9) which was 1967. Perhaps they were from Kenya. You are definitely right about the hard working bit.