Two Men Jailed For Repeated Sexual and Physical Abuse of Young Girl
Friday, 21 June 2019
Two men have been jailed for the repeated physical and sexual abuse of a young girl in Huddersfield.
The defendants were found guilty by a jury following a three-week trial at Leeds Crown Court.
The investigation centres on the repeated sexual abuse of a vulnerable young girl during her childhood, starting when she was just 12-years-old in the Huddersfield area.
This trial is the latest following an investigation into serious sexual abuse and trafficking which involved supplying young girls with alcohol and drugs. Last year 20 men were sentenced to more than 250 years in prison for subjecting 15 young girls to a catalogue of sexual and physical abuse.
Detectives in Kirklees have been conducting an extremely complex and sensitive investigation into sexual abuse of children in Huddersfield dating between 2004 and 2011.
Mohammed Akram, 33, of Thornton Lodge, in Huddersfield, was charged with five counts of rape, one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation, one count of sexual assault and child abduction.
Usman Khalid, aged 31, of Brook Street, Thornton Lodge, in Huddersfield, was charged with child abduction and assault of a child under 13 by penetration.
Two women also stood trial alongside these men but the jury were unable to come to a decision and the charges have been kept on file.
Mohammed Akram stood trial last year and was also convicted and sentenced in October 2018 for offences of rape and trafficking for sexual exploitation. He was handed 17 years in prison by a judge.
He was today sentenced to five years, bringing his total sentence to 22 years.
Usman Khalid was also jailed for five years.
Eighteen officers and staff from West Yorkshire Police were commended by two judges residing over the trials for their work in their case.
Superintendent Marianne Huison, of Kirklees District Police, said: “The abuse these individuals subjected a young and vulnerable girl to during the early years of her life was beyond comprehension and has continued to have a significant impact on her life.
“We welcome the significant sentences these men have been given as a result of their abhorrent and depraved actions and neglect of this victim as a child.
“During the course of this trial, the victim has showed incredible bravery to give evidence and repeatedly re-live the ordeal she experienced during her childhood.
“I would like to pay tribute to her for her courage and dignity throughout the court proceedings. I hope that this highlights to anyone who has experienced this kind of abuse that they should have the confidence to come forward and report it to the police knowing that they will be treated sensitively and their concerns looked into thoroughly.”