Batley Man Becomes Latest To Be Jailed In Major Kirklees Sexual Abuse Investigation

Tuesday 11 June, 2024

A Batley man has been sentenced to 21 years after becoming the latest defendant to be jailed in a major police investigation into the sexual abuse of young females.  
   
Sajad Hussain (40) was jailed at Leeds Crown Court on Monday June 10 in the latest sentencing for Operation Tourway, a multi-year investigation into the non-recent sexual exploitation of young females in North Kirklees.    

Sajad Hussain

Hussain was sentenced for raping and falsely imprisoning a then 20-year-old female between 2010 and 2011.    
   
He was also sentenced for trafficking and aiding and abetting the rape of a then 18-year-old victim between 2008 and 2009.   
 
His Honour Judge Phillips sentenced Hussain to 21 years in prison with a five-year extended licence period.   
   
The 40- year old had been found guilty of the offences following a trial last year and is the 25th man to be sentenced as part of Operation Tourway.    
   
His sentencing means a combined total of 367 years in prison has now been handed down by the courts to men convicted in the investigation.    
   
Operation Tourway itself has been a long running investigation into the sexual abuse and trafficking of eight female victims in North Kirklees between 1999 and 2012.       
   
DCI Oliver Coates of Kirklees District Police, said: “Every sentencing which takes place in Operation Tourway marks another victory for victims in this case and sees them take one more step to securing justice against all of these men for the awful offences they committed.   
“Sajad Hussain committed highly serious sexual offences and also aided others to do so, speaking volumes for his attitude to his victims who he treated with contempt and disdain.   
“The significant sentence he has been given reflects the depth of his offending and we hope it has brought some comfort to his victims.     
“He forced both of them to relive their suffering through the ordeal of a trial, but they can take satisfaction that a jury of their peers saw through his lies and denials and has convicted him for what he is.”   
  
He added: “We continue to urge any victims of sexual assault who may not have reported what happened to them to contact us.   
“All reports are thoroughly investigated by specialist officers who can also signpost victims to any support they may need.   
“As this case and others heard as part of the Tourway investigation demonstrate, we will always investigate no matter how long ago the offence took place.”   

 


Saturday, 27th April, 2024

Dozens of men who sexually abused young girls in Kirklees have been jailed for a combined 346 years following a major police investigation.

Sentencing took place at Leeds Crown Court yesterday ( April 26 ) for the latest men convicted as part of Operation Tourway, a multi-year investigation into the non-recent sexual exploitation of young girls in North Kirklees. 

Asif Ali (53) from Batley, Mohammed Tausif Hanif (39) from Dewsbury, Ali Shah (38) from Dewsbury, Moshin Nadat (38) from Heckmondwike, Sarfraz Miraf (38) from Dewsbury, Mohammed Nazam Nasser (38) from Batley and Amir Ali Hussain (45) from Batley were all sentenced for multiple offences.

An eighth man was also made subject of a hospital order following a finding of the facts at court.

Their conviction means 24 men have so far been sentenced for their roles in the rape, sexual abuse and trafficking of eight then young girls in North Kirklees between 1999 and 2012.

One of the men convicted received a sentence in excess of 30 years during the trials, most of which were protected by reporting restrictions to ensure those involved could be tried fairly.

Now, with the lifting of restrictions, 24 men brought to court so far can be named and full details of their sentences disclosed. 

They are: 

Khurum Raziq (42) from Heckmondwike sentenced to 22 years after being found guilty of eight offences of rape.

Nasar Hussain (46) from Dewsbury sentenced to 18 years after being found guilty of three rape offences.

Zafar Qayum (44) from Dewsbury sentenced to 30 years for six counts of rape, five counts of indecent assault and three counts of aiding and abetting rape.

Ansar Qayum (47) from Dewsbury was sentenced to 20 years for four counts of rape and one offence of attempted indecent assault.

Mohammed Jabbar Qayum (43) from Dewsbury was sentenced to 13 years for two offences of rape committed against one victim.

Mohammed Imran Zada (45) from Batley sentenced to 15 years for four offences of rape and an offence of sexual activity with a child - 15 years.

Michael Birkenshaw (37) from Wakefield was sentenced to eight years for an offence of rape.

Amran Mehrban (40) from Batley sentenced to 13 years for two offences of rape and an offence of assault by penetration.

Sarkaut Yasen (38) from Dewsbury sentenced to 15 years for an offence of trafficking and three offences of aiding and abetting rape. 

Mohammed Saleem Nasir (48) from Dewsbury sentenced to 19 years for three offences of rape and an offence of aiding and abetting rape.

Irfan Khan (37) from Batley sentenced to 12 years and five years extended licence for three offences of rape and an offence of making threats to kill.

Omar Farooq Hussain (39) from Batley was sentenced to 18 years for four offences of rape. 

Sarfraz Hussain Riaz (40) from Dewsbury was sentenced to 15 years for two offences of rape and an offence of attempted rape. 

Zafar Iqbal (38) from Batley was sentenced to 17 years for an offence of indecency with child, trafficking and three offences of rape.

Nasar Iqbal (38) from Batley was sentenced to 10 years for an offence of trafficking and an offence of rape.

Mohammed Chothia (47) from Batley was sentenced to 17 years for four offences of rape and an offence of trafficking.

Bilal Patel (42) from Leicester was sentenced to 13 years for an offence of trafficking and an offence of rape.

Asif Ali (53) from Batley was sentenced to 24 years for 14 counts of rape, two offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and offences of trafficking for sexual exploitation, intentionally encouraging or assisting an offender and aiding, abetting or procuring rape.

Mohammed Tauseef Hanif (39) from Dewsbury was jailed for nine and a half years for an offence of rape.

Ali Shah (38) from Dewsbury was sentenced to 10 years for one offence of rape.

Moshin Nadat (38) from Heckmondwike was sentenced to seven and a half years for one offence of rape.

Safraz Miraf (49) from Dewsbury was sentenced to four and a half years for an offence of attempted rape.

Mohammed Nazam Nasser (38) from Batley was sentenced to seven and a half years for an offence of rape.

Amir Ali Hussain (45) from Batley was sentenced to eight years for an offence of rape.

Dedicated safeguarding detectives began investigating non recent reports concerning some of the men from 2015 with more suspects being uncovered as enquiries progressed.

Arrests were conducted from November 2018 across the West Yorkshire area.

All of the suspects were charged in December 2020 with court proceedings starting on December 11.

The men have been sentenced as part of five trials heard at Leeds Crown Court between 2022 and 2024.

DCI Oliver Coates of Kirklees Police, said: “The conviction and sentencing of these latest eight men represents a significant milestone for victims in this case.

“Their bravery in coming forwards and identifying their abusers has allowed us to take action against men whose offending and behaviour can only be described as abhorrent in the extreme.

“Now that reporting restrictions have been lifted we can, for the first time, disclose full details of all those sentenced so far in what has been a long trial process."

He added: “Throughout the last two years juries have heard details of absolutely shocking offending committed against victims in these cases.

“Some of these men received in excess of 20 years each for the multiple offences they committed and the unbelievably callous and degrading way in which they treated these then young girls.

“Men such Asif Ali, who alone was found guilty of 14 rape offences, committed appalling sexual abuse on a scale which can barely be believed, and saw their young victims as defenceless commodities to be abused and traded at whim.

“Far from being powerless however, those young women have instead fought back as adults and forced them to account for their crimes.

“They displayed real courage and determination in giving evidence through what have been lengthy trials and supporting our investigations.

“I hope they can find some closure and satisfaction in knowing they have enabled police and partners to mount a huge and highly difficult investigation which has taken sexual predators off our streets for years to come.”

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