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Derby sex gang convicted of grooming and abusing girls

A gang of men from Derby has been convicted of systematically grooming and sexually abusing teenage girls.

Many of the victims were given alcohol or drugs before being forced to have sex in cars, rented houses or hotels across the Midlands.

One girl described a sexual assault involving at least eight men.

The nine men were convicted during three separate trials, culminating in the convictions at Leicester Crown Court of the two ringleaders.

Reporting restrictions had been in place until the end of the third trial.

Twenty-seven girls came forward to say they had been victims, the youngest of whom was 12 and the oldest was 18. Convictions have been achieved for 15 of those.

Liaqat and Saddique were said to be the leaders of the gang

Abid Mohammed Saddique, 27, and Mohammed Romaan Liaqat, 28 – both married with children – were said to be the leaders of the gang.

Saddique, of Northumberland Street, Normanton, Derby, was convicted of four counts of rape as well as two counts of false imprisonment, two of sexual assault, three charges of sexual activity with a child, perverting the course of justice, and aiding and abetting rape.

Liaqat, of Briar Lea Close, Sinfin, Derby, was found guilty of one count of rape, two of sexual assault, aiding and abetting rape, affray, and four counts of sexual activity with a child.

Both pleaded guilty to causing a person under the age of 18 to be involved in pornography.

They will be sentenced on 7 January.

‘Complex investigation’

Derbyshire Police said they believed no money changed hands between those involved, and said such instances of abuse were a growing problem in the UK.

Detectives said it had been the most horrendous case of sexual exploitation they had ever faced.


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The undercover investigation by Derbyshire Police, Operation Retriever, was split into three trials which have run since February.

Speaking after the hearing, Det Insp Sean Dawson said: “These convictions have brought an end to a lengthy and complex investigation that has been brought to court thanks to the bravery of the victims in this case.

“These two men are predatory sex offenders who, with their associates, have systematically abused and raped teenage girls.

“We are shocked by the scale of abuse we have uncovered and the impact it has had on the girls who were the victims of these callous men.

“Child sex exploitation is something that parents and carers across the country should be aware of.

“Parents and carers should talk to their children, take an interest in what they are doing and warn them not to go off with strangers, no matter how tempting it might seem.”

Thirteen men were charged in relation to Operation Retriever and 11 stood trial for a string of charges, not all sexual, relating to the case.

Of the original 13, a total of nine have been convicted of offences against vulnerable girls ranging from rape to false imprisonment.


Other defendants have already been sentenced for their offences

Other defendants already convicted and sentenced were: Akshay Kumar, 38, he admitted one count of causing a person under the age of 18 to be involved in pornography and was jailed for two years and 10 months.

Faisal Mehmood, 24, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child before trial and was jailed for three years. He has now been deported to Pakistan.

Mohammed Imran Rehman, 26, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after being found guilty of rape, while Graham Blackham, 26, was given a three-year sentence after he was convicted of two counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Liaqat’s brother Naweed Liaqat, 33, and Farooq Ahmed, 28, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and were both jailed for 18 months.

Ziafat Yasin, 31, was cleared of sex charges but pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine. He was jailed for three years.


Loss of Dreams

All of us have goals and hopes of what we will be someday, of the things we will accomplish, of the fame we may obtain. But when you have to spend so much time trying to avoid being abused and then coping with the healing, you start to think that the abuse and it’s consequences are the only things in your life. You may begin to resent the amount of time and money you are spending on healing. You may feel that opportunities and chances are passing you by because you have to spend so much energy on the abuse.

Healing and dealing with abuse are the most important things you can do for yourself right now. It may be frustrating to put your dreams on hold for a bit, but it’s not forever; it’s just for now. Your dreams and goals will still be there. They may even be bigger and better than you ever imagined because you have learned that you have worth and value and can do anything you put your mind to.

Source: How long does it hurt? by Cynthia L. Mather and Kristina Debye

Not Trusting Others

How do you trust anybody else if the people closest to you, the people who are responsible in some way for your well-being, education, daily bread, and shelter, are the people who hurt you? The world goes on tilt when somebody close to you molests you. This planet becomes a very frightening place when you find out that an important person in your life is not trustworthy.

If you don’t trust people right now, don’t feel like a freak. Your reaction is pretty normal and appropriate. Trust is a very major issue for people who are sexually abused because sexual abuse is about breaking trust. Whoever abused you was most likely someone you trusted. If it was a person in your family, then you can probably relate to the trust issue very easily. What bigger break of trust can there be than for a family member to hurt another family member?

Learning how to trust again can take a very long time- not because you’re slow or because this is an insurmountable issue. Learning to trust takes time because you are learning to trust human beings, and they can screw up very easily- and very frequently. When trust has been broken in such a major way as sexual abuse, you begin to want the people in your life never to make mistakes, never to lose their temper, always to thing you are right, and to look a lot like Superman.

Sorry, but it’s not going to happen. In the normal course of a day, people are going to let you down, break their word, hurt your feelings, and do all kinds of other things that don’t encourage trust. The trick is learning how to trust people with all their faults and weaknesses. Be clear here: I’m not talking about the abuser; trusting the abuser again is a different issue all together. I am talking about your friends, adults in your life, teachers, all the people you come in contact with.

It’s not easy, and it does take time. But through good counseling and some trial and error, you will begin to find people who are truly trustworthy. Eventually you will give them the gift of your trust.

Source: How long does it hurt? by Cynthia L. Mather and Kristina Debye

A Sense of Loss

As I have talked to survivors, both adult and teen, I have heard one common theme over and over: I’ve lost so much; I’ve been cheated. There’s no question that sexual offenders are thieves. They rob us of so many things that we have a right to own.

In every step of the healing journey, you get to make a choice: fall into the pit of self-pity and stay there, or spend a little time in the pit of self-pity and then move on. So let’s look at what may have been lost in your life. It’s okay to grieve for these things. It’s okay to mourn the losses. Ultimately, though, we have to move on in order to survive.

Source: How long does it hurt? by Cynthia L. Mather and Kristina Debye