Six members of child grooming gang are found guilty of raping three vulnerable girls as young as 12 after plying them with drugs and alcohol

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There has been some sort of reporting restriction on this trial since the Huddersfield Examiner reported that it had started then restarted last month. But now that some of the men have been convicted the newspapers are able to report the verdicts. From the Daily Mail, the Huddersfield Examiner and West Yorkshire Police

Six men have been convicted of grooming vulnerable girls in Huddersfield and treating them as “objects to be used and abused at will”. Jurors at Leeds Crown Court were told how three socially isolated girls were lured into associating with older men, before being treated as sexual commodities against their wishes.

Prosecutors told how the complainants, who were aged between 12 and 16, were deliberately targeted, and were offered cigarettes, alcohol and drugs in an attempt to lure them into submitting to the men.

On Thursday, following more than 24 hours of deliberation, jurors convicted six men of their roles in abusing the girls between 2005 and 2008.

The trial was the fifth in West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Tendersea investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse in Huddersfield.

Full results from court:

  • Banaris Hussain, 36, of William Street, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, found guilty of one count of rape.
  • Umar Zaman, 31, of William Street, Crosland Moor found guilty of two counts of rape;
  • Samuel Fikru, 31, of HMP Armley, found guilty of two counts of rape;
  • 38-year-old man, from Huddersfield, found guilty of one count of attempted rape;
  • 32-year-old man, from Huddersfield, found guilty of one count of rape;
  • 32-year-old man, from Huddersfield, found guilty of four counts of rape and one count of rape of a girl under 13.

Their names cannot be reported for legal reasons.

A 39-year-old woman was cleared of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, while jurors were unable to reach a verdict on whether a man aged 31 had committed a single charge of rape.

The prosecution said a decision on whether or not to re-try him would be made when those who were convicted are sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on November 1.

Another man, 32-year-old Mohammed Arif, of New Hey Road, Huddersfield, was cleared of a single count of rape.

Zaman and Hussain, both of William Street, Huddersfield, Fikru, who is in custody, and the three other convicted defendants gave no reaction as they were told the jury’s verdicts.

Guilty Banaris Hussain and Umar Zaman

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