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Pair Found Guilty Of Raping Underage Girls

Wednesday, March 6th 2013 00:00

Two men sentenced for drugging and raping girls in Keighley.

Two men have been found guilty of drugging and raping vulnerable underage girls they found walking the streets of West Yorkshire.

Shazad Rehman, 30, and Bilal Hussain, 23, picked up the girls in Keighley and Halifax.

A judge was told that they repeatedly raped one girl and also raped two other victims they picked up between 2010 and 2011.

Bradford Crown Court heard Rehman referred to them as "fresh meat".

The men were sentenced to a combined 36 years in prison with Rehman handed a 18-and-a-half-year term, and Hussain a 17-and-a-half-year stretch.

They had denied nine rape charges and supplying cannabis.

Michael Quinn, Senior District Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "Shazad Rehman and Bilal Hussain have today been convicted of an appalling catalogue of abuse against young girls.

"Rehman and Hussain are sexual predators who targeted their victims because of their youth and vulnerability. They systematically and ruthlessly groomed their child victims, plying them with strong alcohol and drugs, and exploited the trust placed in them as adults in the cruellest possible way.

"These offences were then further compounded by the defendants’ attempts to intimidate one of the prosecution witnesses. This clearly demonstrates the utter contempt these men have for the rule of law.

"All the victims have shown immense courage in coming forward, and helping us to build a strong prosecution case. I would like to pay tribute to their bravery today.

"The jury has now found the defendants guilty of all the charges. Thankfully they will be now be behind bars where they can no longer pose a threat to young children. I hope that this outcome will help the victims to continue to rebuild their lives. The result today sends out the clearest possible message that this type of case will be prosecuted with vigour and robustness.”

 

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