Five men have been jailed for a combined 28 years after they were convicted for the second time after previously being jailed for child sex offences.
Mohammed Kammer aged 38, Nahman Mohammed aged 37, Wiqas Mahmud aged 42, Mohammed Imran Ibrar aged 38 from Huddersfield and Abdul Rehman aged 36 from Sheffield had pleaded not guilty and stood trial in January and February 2023.
The men were found guilty of carrying out or facilitating the sexual abuse of a then-young girl in the Huddersfield area between 2005 and 2010 with the abuse starting when the victim was just 14 years old.
They were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (13/04).
Abdul Rehman, was sentenced to three years, nine months after being convicted of two offences of engaging in or facilitating a child sex offence and supplying drugs.
Mohammed Kammer, was sentenced to a total of seven years, six months after being convicted of three rape offences and trafficking for sexual exploitation offence.
Nahman Mohammed, was sentenced to a total of seven years after being convicted of two rape offences and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Wiqas Mahmud, was sentenced to a total of six years, three months after being convicted of a rape offence.
Mohammed Imran Ibrar, was sentenced to a total of five years (minus 502 days) after being convicted of sexual assault and a rape offence. His sentence with time deducted was three years and six months.
The men’s trial had been delayed since 2020.
More than 500 years of jail time have now been given to sex offenders convicted in a major investigation into child sex abuse in Huddersfield.
The staggering sentence tally follows the conclusion of the latest trial in West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Tendersea investigation.
Operation Tendersea has been a long running West Yorkshire Police investigation focussed on the sexual exploitation and abuse of young girls in the Huddersfield area between 1995 and 2013.
Trials for Operation Tendersea began in 2018 and have resulted in the conviction of 42 men, some of whom have been tried more than once during the court process.
April‘s convictions mean a total of 505 years, six months in prison have now been handed down to those convicted during the court process.
DCI Ian Thornes of Kirklees Police, said: “Operation Tendersea has been a major investigation into what has been truly evil sexual abuse committed against young females in the Huddersfield area.
“The fact that the courts have now given more than a combined 500 years in prison to the men who committed these offences speaks volumes about their sheer depravity.
“In case after case we have heard how those involved regarded their victims as objects to be used and then trivially discarded with no regard whatsoever to their welfare.
“These were vulnerable young teenage girls who endured utterly sickening offences committed by persons who demonstrated standards of behaviour which means they are not fit to walk the streets.”
He added: “Police and partners have worked hard to deliver justice for these women over several years, but this long journey could never have begun without them having the courage to come forwards and report these offences.
“Their determination has resulted in sex offenders who considered themselves above the law now finding themselves judged by it, and spending many years behind bars.
“I want to thank them for their determination in supporting these prosecutions and empowering the police, CPS and partners to act.
“Officers who have worked on this complex investigation have deep admiration for the bravery they have shown.”
Tracy Brabin, The Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “We are absolutely committed to preventing these heinous crimes and ensuring those that commit them are brought to justice.
“Every child in West Yorkshire deserves to grow up free from harm and protecting our most vulnerable is a key priority.
“If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please report it to the police. You will be believed, and support is available.”