|Arshid Hussain (Picture: SWNS)|
Arshid Hussain – the ringleader of a gang who groomed, raped and abused teenage girls in Rotherham – has been jailed for 35 years. His brothers Basharat Hussain, 39, and Bannaras Hussein, 36, got 25 years and 19 years respectively.
Their uncle, Qurban Ali, 53, was jailed for ten years. Female accomplice Karen MacGregor, 58, was jailed for 13 years while Shelley Davis, 40, was given an 18 month suspended sentence.
|Basharat Hussain (Picture: SWNS)|
|Bannaras Hussain (Picture: SWNS)|
|Qurban Ali was found guilty of conspiracy to rape (Picture: SWNS)|
Jailing the gang, who were said to have ruled Rotherham with impunity, Judge Sarah Wright told them: ‘The harm you have caused is of unimaginable proportions.’
She paid tribute to the ‘immense courage’ of the victims who came forward.
Earlier the court heard how one of the gang’s victims was beaten up by her own family after they found out she had been abused by one of the brothers. The girl’s double plight was outlined as prosecutors opened the case against Bannaras Hussain.
Arshid, Basharat, Ali, MacGregor and Davis were found guilty earlier this week after a long trial but, as Bannaras had pleaded guilty, the case against him was opened by prosecutor Michelle Colborne QC.
Ms Colborne said Bannaras met one victim when she was 12 or 13 and she performed sex acts on him.
‘He was indifferent to whether she consented or not,’ she said. ‘When her brothers found out, they were furious with her and would physically assault her because she was involved sexually with an Asian man.’
|Karen MacGregor (Picture: SWNS)|
|Shelley Davies (Picture: SWNS)|
- Metro, UK