From the Huddersfield Examiner. Again the newspapers add up every sentence of all the defendants to get a total that sounds like the law is punishing robustly.
Jasim Mohammed, Nzar Anwar, Kawan Ahmed and Shangar Ibrahimi, who were said to have treated the vulnerable youngster as “a piece of meat”, were all found guilty by a jury of raping the youngster between 2010 and 2012.
Another defendant - Saba Mohammed - was found not guilty of rape but jailed for perverting the course of justice.
Judge Michael Slater described the complainant as an “extremely vulnerable and troubled young girl”.
She was referred to social services at a young age and arrived in Sheffield as “lonely and friendless having been rejected by her family”.
These vulnerabilities were exploited and she was effectively pimped out by a woman called Amanda Spencer who introduced her to the group of Kurdish men who would go on to rape her.
A social worker who knew the victim said: “She just wanted people to like her and love her. She has very complex issues dating back to childhood. She would try to cling on to anyone who tried to be nice to her and she could not see that some people did not have her best interests at heart.”
After listening to the five defendant’s defence lawyers, Judge Slater revealed the sentences imposed on the gang members at around 12pm on March 13.
Shangar Ibrahimi was locked up for 12 years for one count of rape, Kawan Ahmed received an 18-year prison sentence for two rapes and Naza Anwar was jailed for 15 years for one count of rape and perverting the court of justice.
Saba Mohammed got four years for also perverting the course of justice whereas Jasim Mohammed who raped the victim 10 times over a 10-month period received a 25-year sentence.
The five defendants showed no emotions as their fates were sealed and once her attackers had left the courtroom, Judge Slater turned to the victim to praise her courage and bravery for speaking out about the horrific abuse she suffered.
The five defendants were also handed restraining orders which prevent them from contacting the victim for an indefinite length of time.
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