Friday, April 20, 2018

'Controlling' husband who suffocated his wife and drowned their two children before sitting down to eat and watch television is jailed for life

  • A controlling husband who murdered his wife and two children has been jailed 
  • Sami Salem, 30, murdered Arena Saeed, 30, daughter Shadia, 7, and son Rami, 4
  • A court heard he suffocated his wife and drowned his two children in the bath 
  • Salem, 30, sentenced to minimum of 31 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court
Sami Salem, 30, had claimed diminished responsibility for the killings but was found guilty of murdering wife Arena Saeed, 30, daughter Shadia, seven, and son Rami, four, following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court
Sami Salem, 30, had claimed diminished responsibility for the killings but was found guilty of murdering wife Arena Saeed, 30, daughter Shadia, seven, and son Rami, four, following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court
A 'controlling' husband, who suffocated his wife and drowned his two children, sat down and ate dinner in front of the television following the heinous murder. 
Sami Salem, 30, had claimed diminished responsibility for the killings but was found guilty of murdering wife Arena Saeed, 30, daughter Shadia, seven, and son Rami, four, following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
He was sentenced to a minimum of 31 years in prison today. 
Salem is said to have held his hand over his wife's mouth and drowned his two young children in the bath, before dousing their flat in petrol and taking an overdose. 
Residents were forced to evacuate their homes on May 30 last year after engineers were called following reports of the smell of petrol and gas.
When relatives gained access to the family's home they found the three victims lying on the bed, with Salem almost unconscious at the foot of the bed.
The property was home to a flat owned by Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s, where Lennon and his first wife Cynthia lived shortly after they married.
At his sentencing hearing on Friday, the court heard Salem, who was surrounded in the dock by four workers from high security psychiatric hospital Ashworth, was a paranoid schizophrenic.
Sami Salem is accused of murdering his wife Arena Saeed and their children Shadia and  Rami
Sami Salem is accused of murdering his wife Arena Saeed and their children Shadia and Rami
A jury has been told Salem had reported seeing a 'black entity' and 'tall chimpanzees' due to his mental illness. 
Mr Justice Holgate said there was evidence he was controlling and possessive towards his wife, who he married in Yemen in 2009.
Mrs Saeed was said to have asked for a divorce earlier in May last year.
The judge said: 'He sought to control her movements outside the flat and whom she met.
'He controlled her access to the internet and use of a mobile phone. This affected her ability to communicate with her family in the Yemen.
'She spoke little or no English, the family were not part of the Yemeni community in Liverpool and she must have felt isolated.'

The court heard Salem began to experience hallucinations and paranoid beliefs towards the end of 2016.

He saw a doctor in the week before the murders but was thought to have responded to medication.

Benjamin Myers QC, defending, said: 'This is not a murder, or murders, that takes place against a background of someone who had conventional clarity of view.'

A court heard he had schizophrenia and hallucinated 'tall chimpanzees'
A court heard he had schizophrenia and hallucinated 'tall chimpanzees'
Salem, wearing a black suit and tie with a white shirt, showed no reaction as he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

He told doctors he ate food and watched television after killing his wife and children before going to a petrol station and buying 25 litres of petrol, which he spread around the flat and over the legs of the children.

He took an overdose of medication he had been prescribed and when emergency services arrived at the property at 7.30pm they found the switches on the gas cooker had been taped so they remained open.

After the killings, Salem said he had not heard voices or experienced hallucinations at the time but described feeling 'something weird'.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Mohammad Rahman told Liverpool Crown Court that he believes Salem was suffering from schizophrenia at the time of the killings.

In a report, Dr Rahman stated: '(Salem) heard voices saying don't go into his house because something bad was going to happen. He heard voices instructing him to hurt people.

'He says one time when he was driving it said, "don't push the brakes, you can do this" which he managed to resist.'

Salem told Dr Rahman he had never been in love with his wife but denied claims he banned her from using her mobile phone or travelling.' 

The court heard the family of Mrs Saeed said she was 'known for her kindness'.
Mr Justice Holgate said: 'She is described as 'a pioneer in doing good for all' and an ideal mother.

Her two children were loved by everyone who knew them.

The family is heartbroken and has suffered enormously.'

Rotherham Council ordered to apologize to whistleblower they persecuted for exposing Muslim rape gangs

Rotherham Council has been ordered to apologise to a whistleblower who helped expose the mass exploitation of underage white girls by mostly Muslim men.
Jayne Senior, who has worked with grooming victims since 1999 and was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2016 for services to child protection, helped to blow the lid off a long-running grooming gang scandal in the town.
She revealed how council officials, social services, and police — paralysed by fears of racism accusations — failed to act while at least 1,400 girls were abused.
But just months after she received her award and published her memoirs, Broken and Betrayed, the council orchestrated a raid on the charity she runs, Swinton Lock, as part of an investigation which has now been slammed by the local government ombudsman.
The ombudsman has ordered Rotherham Council to apologise to Senior for continuously misleading her about the investigation’s progress, and keeping her in the dark about its details.
“I’m appalled it’s taken so long. It’s crazy how ill-informed [Senior] has been through the process,” commented Sarah Champion, the Member of Parliament for Rotherham.
The left-wing MP was herself forced to resign from Labour’s shadow government after admitting that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls” which the authorities are afraid to confront.
“In the five years I have been an MP I have never come across something like this affecting a constituent, let alone a councillor and a well-known whistleblower,” she added.
“You would think that the council would be trying to do everything in a timely manner. In fact, the opposite has happened.”…

Airport baggage handler Mohammad Ali jailed over Brazil drug smuggling conspiracy

A CORRUPT baggage handler who was part of a criminal conspiracy to smuggle at least £16 million worth of drugs through Heathrow Airport has been jailed for 15 years.
Mohammad Ali, 41, of Spackmans Way, Slough, assisted colleague Joysen Jhurry, 41, to move suitcases containing the drugs off planes and into the carousels for domestic flights. The bags would then be collected by couriers arriving on internal flights from UK airports who could exit Heathrow’s domestic arrivals – without going through customs controls.
Ali was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday after being found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine. In total the criminal gang was sentenced to over 139 years in prison and over 100 kilos of cocaine and 44 kilos of cannabis were seized by officers.
National Crime Agency (NCA) regional head of investigations Brendan Foreman said: “This was a sophisticated plot and at the centre of it was a man who used his privileged access to Heathrow and insider knowledge of the airport’s systems for criminal purposes.
“This kind of corruption threatens the security of the UK border and the public at large which is why the NCA and its partners are tackling it as a priority.”
“Border Force, Airport authorities and the airline community were vital in helping us to stop this organised crime group in its tracks and pull together the evidence which lead to them being sentenced to significant jail time today.”
The conspiracy was brought to an end in December 2016 following an 18 month investigation led by the NCA, with support from Border Force and Heathrow Airport. Around the time of each flight, Jhurry was in phone contact with his right-hand man Preetam Mungrah, 44, who acted as the intermediary between him and the organisers. In charge of the drug importations and onward distribution was Damion Goodhall, 30, Wilfred Owusu, 31, Mark Agoro, 52, and Michael Sutherland, 48, who organised for cocaine to be flown in from Brazil on at least six separate occasions.
Members of the group were also filmed by NCA officers meeting on numerous occasions, either at each other’s houses or in public places. Eight of them were arrested in dawn raids across London on December 14.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Grooming gang treated victims as young as 13 'like trophies' before being snared when one girl realised she had been abused while watching a sex education video

  • Gang sent young victims highly sexualised text messages before abusing them
  • Judge says they treated the girls 'like trophies' and 'spurred each other on'
  • Police pay tribute to bravery of young victims who gave evidence against gang 
A sex gang who sexually abused vulnerable girls have been jailed and banned from using Snapchat after a court heard they treated their victims like 'trophies'.
Taiyab Hussain, Shaheem Ratyal and Sohail Ali, all aged 19, and 18-year-old Mohammed Rizwan, were arrested when a teenager realised she had been groomed after watching a sex education video.
A judge took the unusual step of banning them from using the Snapchat messaging app for eight years as he jailed them for between four and five years each today. 

Taiyab HussainMohammed Hizar
Taiyab Hussain and Mohammed Hizar are among four men jailed for grooming young girls
The defendants, all from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and other sexual offences in February. 
Passing sentence at Stafford Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Gosling said of the men: 'At the time of the offences they were 17 or 18 and known to each other to different degrees through association, school and social media, although not all of them knew each other.
'It is clear from the evidence retrieved from various devices that there was communication between the defendants and it does establish their common interest in meeting and sexually abusing these girls.
These were young men treating the young girls like trophies, and to some extent, one was spurring on another.'

The judge said the four victims, one who had only just turned 13, meant nothing to the men and had been subjected to 'extreme' offences.

Hussain was given a five-year sentence after sending highly sexualised text messages before abusing an 'out of control' teenager in his car in the presence of another child.

Rizwan and Ratyal were both given sentences of four years and four months.

Shaheem RatyalSohail Ali
A judge said the four-man gang, who also included Saheem Ratyal (left) and Sohail Ali (right), treating the young girls they abused 'like trophies'
Ali admitted offences against a 13-year-old and was given a four-year term in a young offenders' institution.

Staffordshire Police said the charges were brought after five girls were sexually abused between December 2016 and March 2017.

Detective Inspector Simon Caton, the Senior Investigating Officer for the inquiry, said after the case: 'I welcome today's sentences and I would like to pay tribute to the girls' incredible bravery in coming forward initially and throughout this long and complex investigation
'Tackling child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, both current and non-recent, remains an absolute priority for us.

'I would urge anyone who has been a victim of such crimes to come forward and report this to us, we will listen and you and your families will be supported by specially-trained detectives and social workers.'

John Wood, chair of the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board, said: 'The fact that the victims were willing to stand up and give evidence in court, if needed, was a key part in persuading those responsible to admit their offences before the trial.

'I admire their bravery, as the primary concern of all the agencies involved in this case has been to ensure the young victims were seen, heard and protected.

'Today's sentencing sends the clear message that child sexual abuse will not be tolerated in our communities and that people who report such matters will be listened to and supported.

'However, we cannot be complacent and the Safeguarding Children Board is working with a wide range of partners across Staffordshire to do everything that we reasonably can to help prevent child sexual abuse.'.

'Smarmy' sports coach is convicted of sexually abusing six girls from 14 to 18 at top private school

  • Ajaz Karim, 63, is convicted of seven counts of indecent and attempted assault
  • The former sports coach labelled his victims at Christ's Hospital School 'liars' 
  • Former Eton College coach is the third Christ's teacher convicted of sex assaults
Ajaz Karim has been convicted of seven charges over historic sex assaults on pupils at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham. A jury is deliberating on two more charges
Ajaz Karim has been convicted of seven charges over historic sex assaults on pupils at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham. A jury is deliberating on two more charges
A sports coach who was employed at some of the UK's top private schools and clubs has been convicted of indecently assaulting students.
Ajaz Karim, 63, has been found guilty of assaulting young girls at the prestigious Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex.
The once Ugandan refugee, a former pupil at the school whose education was funded by Sir Barnes Wallis, also coached at Eton College and The Queen's Club.
A jury convicted the ex-coach of seven charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault, at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday. 
The jury is deliberating on a further two indecent assault charges.
Karim's victims were all aged between 14 and 18 when he taught them between 1985 and 1993.
The jury heard how Karim, of Hammersmith, west London, massaged a student's 'virtually naked body' while she lay face down on the floor of his locked study. 
Another girl was pushed up against a wall and kissed by her predatory teacher.
He claimed he was using alternative therapy the Bowen Technique and was teaching them breathing exercises to help when playing sports.
During cross-examination, he admitted he had no qualifications for the practice.
Senior staff at the school came under fire from the victims over the way they handled the allegations at the time.
Karim was not reported to the police and was initially allowed to carry on working - and teaching the girls in question.

Karim left the school after complaints from four pupils surfaced between 1990 and 1993.
He is the school's third former teacher to be convicted of sexual abuse.

Divorced Karim, was seen as a school 'success story' because he was a refugee, gained a scholarship and returned to teach there, while also working at Champneys health club in London, and later at Eton College, Queen's Club, and The Hurlingham Club.

His fees were even paid for by alumnus Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb.
But the coach, described as 'smarmy' by his victims, went on to have 'wholly unnecessary' physical contact with students.

One of his victims told how he was laughing as she ran away after he tried to 'snog her' and she was shocked by his audacity.

Another said Karim spread rumours about her after she complained, which turned other pupils against her.

She said the experience had forced her to write off a large 'chunk' of her life.

Karim dismissed the allegations, saying he was friendly with students and there was nothing sexual in their relationships.

Instead of admitting his crimes, Karim branded his victims liars, even accusing one of being a 'manipulative' attention seeker.

He said he was a 'really good looking man at the time' and was 'offended' anyone suggested he was attracted to her.

His 26-year-old son and ex-wife sat in the back of the court when Judge Christine Henson QC said he will face a lengthy prison sentence and remanded him in custody. 

He did not react.

Simon Reid, the school's current headteacher, said: 'We are deeply sorry that the offences committed by Ajaz Karim almost 30 years ago occurred here at Christ's Hospital.

'Child sexual abuse is an appalling violation of trust which can continue to have an impact on its victims long after it takes place.

'We would like to thank those former pupils whose courage and strength meant that this individual will now finally face justice.'

He said the school's safeguarding policy has been improved since the time of the offences and that 'any allegations arising now would be dealt with in a very different way'.

Karim is the third Christ's Hospital teacher to be convicted after ex-housemaster Peter Webb, 74, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to 11 counts of indecently assaulting four boys, the youngest of whom was 11, over a decade during the 1970s and 1980s.

Retired teacher Peter Burr, 73, was also jailed for four years in January after admitting nine counts of indecently assaulting four boys aged 11 to 14 at the school between 1969 and 1973. 

Muslim drives over pedestrian’s head, “This offence involved the deliberate use of a car as a weapon”

Maybe Shahid Ali was just angry, but the way he reacted to his anger may have been influenced by a frame of reference that already included the use of a car as a weapon.
“Driver jailed for 12 years for running over pedestrian’s head in road rage attack because he thought he was holding up traffic had terror conviction,” by Ed Riley, Mailonline, April 19, 2018 
A driver jailed for deliberately running over a pedestrian he thought was holding up traffic has previously been convicted of terror offences.
Shahid Ali sped off after driving over Patrick Colbert’s head and his body in his Mercedes in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
The 43-year-old, who dumped his car after the incident on July 11 last year, was acquitted of attempting to murder Mr Colbert but was convicted of causing him grievous bodily harm with intent.
But it has now emerged Ali, of Washwood Heath, Birmingham, had a previous conviction for assisting in acts of terrorism.
He was jailed for 27 months in 2009 for his involvement in sending four loads of equipment between 2004 and 2006 to Pakistan to be used against British forces and their allies fighting in Afghanistan.
He had previously admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Birmingham Crown Court.
Ali was told by Judge Paul Farrer QC: ‘You have been convicted of a very serious offence by the jury, one which will inevitably carry many years of imprisonment.’
In sentencing Ali to 12 years in jail, he said; ‘You were angry and I have no doubt that you shouted and swore at Mr Colbert, in effect telling him to get out of the road.’
He said the victim had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury with hemorrhaging over his brain and that the effects on him had been ‘profound and continuing.’
And he went on ‘This offence involved the deliberate use of a car as a weapon.’
It was also an aggravating feature, he said, that afterwards he had tried to remove and obscure evidence by wiping his vehicle….
Ali then deliberately turned hard right knocking the pedestrian over and causing him to hit his head on the ground.
But he didn’t stop and continued to drive over him slowly passing over the victim’s groin, chest and head….

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Circumcision should be ILLEGAL: Expert claims public figures are too scared to call for a ban over fears they could be branded anti-Semitic or Islamophobic

  • FGM, considered 'barbaric', has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years 
  • But circumcision isn't - despite it also involving 'shearing off parts of genitals'
  • Niall McCrae, a mental health expert at King's College London, says it should be
Dr Niall McCrae, a mental health lecturer at King's College London, claims it should be considered in the same regard as female genital mutilation.
FGM, widely dubbed 'barbaric', has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years, unlike circumcision, which also involves 'shearing off parts of genital organs'. 
However, he says public figures are too scared to call for a ban on circumcision because of its links to Jewish and Muslim cultures.
In a piece for The Conversation, Dr McCrae describes a society where FGM is illegal but circumcision isn't as 'unconscionable'.
A woman from Nottingham, England is suing the doctor who carried out a circumcision on her infant son without her permission. 
The circumcision took place during Eid festival when the infant was in the care of his biological father, a Muslim. 
After the operation, the child was in so much pain, he was unable to wear a nappy.
There is a stark contrast between female and male genital excision: the former is illegal, the other is permitted. 
There are mythical differences, too: one is seen as barbaric, the other as somehow beneficial.
I have actively contributed to the campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM), which varies in severity from the abhorrent radical destruction of outer genitalia (type I) to the most common, mildest form of clitoral excision (type IV). 
All types are forbidden, although not a single person has been convicted for this crime in Britain, despite estimates of 2.1 per cent of females in London having been cut. At least girls are protected in law, if not always in practice.
Shearing off parts of genital organs is no less unethical or abusive because the child is male. Yet the political and professional establishments don't want to know.

HOW ARE CIRCUMCISIONS PERFORMED? 

For infants:
The baby will be strapped down to avoid movement.
Next, he will have either a topical anesthetic applied to the surface of the penis or have numbing agents injected into the penis or around its base.
One of three different types of clamps or devices - the Gomco clamp, Mogen clamp or Plastibell device - is used to separate the glans from the foreskin and crush or cut a ring of skin from the penis.
The clamps provide for an immediate procedure, while the Plastibell device stays attached for several days before falling off.
Usually the baby will feel better within three to four days, but he can be taken home that same day.
Appearance of the area improves within a week.
For adults:
Men can choose between receiving a general or a local anesthetic.
A dorsal slit is usually made - a cut from the top of the skin - all the way down to the rounded border at the base of the glans.
The foreskin is held away from the penis and carefully cut off. The remaining skin is then sutured around the glans.
The entire process takes about 30 minutes, but patients are recommend from staying away form masturbation or intercourse for a few week to ensure the penis has completely healed. 
What are the harms of circumcision? 
Arguably, circumcision is on a par with FGM type IV in terms of harm. 
In the short term, there is often inflammation, soreness and bleeding, and the risk that the wound may become infected. 
There are also potential long-term psychological harms that may arise in adulthood, as self-consciousness detracts from sexual intimacy. Yet outdated justifications for circumcision are blithely accepted.
There are medical benefits, some say. In fact, as stated by the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, it is extremely rare for removal of the foreskin to be medically necessary.
Another excuse is hygiene. When an academic colleague doubted my stance on circumcision of boys, arguing that it is necessary for cleanliness, I asked: 'What's wrong with soap?'
'But they don't wash,' she replied with implausible certainty. 
Another similarity with FGM is that incidence of male circumcision may be increasing, due to demographic change. 
Astonishingly, in some areas of the country, it is funded by the NHS. This could become more established as local commissioning bodies give in to cultural demands.
Circumcision is a Muslim and Jewish practice, and is also prevalent in some African Christian communities (it was also fairly common among the upper and middle classes in Britain until the 1950s). 
Happily, some parents are honouring the rite of passage with an adapted ceremony that relinquishes the scalpel. A boy or girl is no less a Jew or Muslim if their genitals remain intact.
Cultural sensitivity
As a healthcare lecturer, I am troubled by any medical practitioner performing this act for religious rather than clinical purpose. 
It breaks the Hippocratic Oath to 'first, do no harm'. The operation, however proficiently completed, violates the healthy body. 
But, due to cultural sensitivities and moral relativism, few public figures are brave enough to call for circumcision to be outlawed, fearing charges of anti-Semitism or Islamophobia. 
However, Iceland has recently taken this bold step, and other countries may follow.
Should cultural sensitivity trump the rights of a child? From an egalitarian perspective, as guided by Immanuel Kant's categorical imperative to afford everyone the same rational justice, the answer must be 'no'. 
But society is hypocritical on equality.
An 'unconscionable' society 
A situation where cutting girls is (rightly) illegal, but boys are fair game, is unconscionable. 
Sir James Munby, an English judge, criticised this inconsistency in a recent case in which a local authority sought to remove a Muslim brother and sister from their home after the girl had been cut; the boy's circumcision, by contrast, cannot be regarded as a safeguarding concern.
I'm not suggesting draconian intervention, but let the law treat children fairly and squarely, irrespective of gender. 
Perhaps a specific prohibition of male genital mutilation is needed, but this would not be necessary if the longstanding statute of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is applied.
The case reported in the Sunday Times is at least a promising sign that circumcision against a parent's consent is prosecutable. 
A much-needed precedent would boost the cause against all forms of child genital cutting.

Members of Oxford child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another are jailed for total of 20 years

  • Raheem Ahmed and Kamran Khan, of Bolton, were jailed for a total of 20 years 
  • The two men were 'at worst' on the periphery of the Oxford child sex gang 
  • Ahmed forced a teenage girl when she was 14 to perform oral sex on him in a car
Raheem Ahmed, 41, was jailed for 12 years
Raheem Ahmed, 41, was jailed for 12 years
Two men on the periphery of a twisted child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another were jailed for a total of 20 years today.
The victims of Raheem Ahmed and Kamran Khan, of Bolton, said they thought the abuse was normal.
They added that they could never lead a normal life after being forced to perform sex acts on the pair.
One girl said she had lowered her 'life expectations' and another said it had 'shook up her whole life' because of the abuse they suffered at the hands of a gang of men.
Judge Peter Ross heard at Oxford Crown Court how the girls were left permanently scarred by the abuse.
Jailing Ahmed, aged 41 years, for 12 years and 37-year-old Khan for eight years, Judge Ross said the duo were 'at worst' on the periphery of a child sex grooming gang.
They were convicted of a total of three indecent assaults and one count each of false imprisonment between 2000 and 2001, following a lengthy trial in March.
Judge Ross said: 'You were both convicted of serious offences following a lengthy trial which has been characterised as an Oxford grooming case. 
'I'm prepared to sentence you separately from the other defendants on the basis that, at worst, you were on the periphery of this group and it can't be said that you were party to targeted grooming of some of the young women who have given evidence in this case.
'Nevertheless, the offences which you have been convicted of are serious and will be dealt with with severe sentences.'
Ahmed forced a teenage girl when she was 14 to perform oral sex on him in a car while his friends watched on and 'rejoiced', the court heard.
On another occasion he fondled a different teenage girl down an alleyway then ejaculated on her.
The court was also told how Khan grabbed a teenage girl off a boy she was kissing and dragged her around the back of a pavilion where he pushed her to her knees and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.
However, the girl, who was aged 13 or 14 years at the time, fought him off and refused.
On another occasion, both men locked a teenage girl in a room where they forced her to take off her top. They then mocked and humiliated her as they threw substances at her face and rubbed it into her skin.
Kahn and Ahmed threatened to lock the girl in the basement where 'no-one would find her and she would die' and said they would kill her if she told anyone what had happened in what Judge Ross described as a 'terrifying and protracted period of false imprisonment.'
In a victim impact statement by one of the girls read to the court by prosecutor Alan Gardner, she described how the 'degrading' incident had had a domino effect on her life.
'What happened to me was very traumatic and shook up my whole life,' her statement read.
'What they did was both humiliating and degrading.'
Mr Gardner added: 'What happened caused her to change the goals she wanted to achieve in life. It left her emotionally crippled and unable to lead a normal life. 
'She says the "direction my life took is the direct result of what this man did to me. It took things from me I'll never get back and has left stain on me and left a scar on me. Nothing can compensate what they did to me".'
Kamran Khan (pictured) was jailed for eight years for one count of indecent assault and one count of false imprisonment
Kamran Khan (pictured) was jailed for eight years for one count of indecent assault and one count of false imprisonment
Another victim said: 'When this happened I was messed up and felt this sort of thing was normal and happened to people like me.
'Having to recall what happened that day made me feel disgusted and gross all over again,' her statement read.
Defending Khan, Derek Johashen said an incident with one of the girls was 'short-lived' and nothing more than a 'juvenile attempt.'
Sally Howes QC, defending Ahmed, of Starwort Path, Oxford, said: 'Mr Ahmed's approach to today is holistic and philosophical. What I will say is that we are dealing today with a very different man from the man that took shameful advantage all those years ago.'
Dark-haired Ahmed, wearing glasses and a turquoise polo shirt, nodded his head, while Khan, wearing a dark blue suit jacket, blue tie, and white shirt, shook his head as Judge Ross sentenced them.
Khan was also sentenced to three months in prison for breaching a notification requirement following a previous conviction of rape.
Both were put on the Sex Offenders' Register for life and made subject to the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for an indefinite period.
Ahmed and Khan were convicted as part of a major trial which saw a total of eight men convicted for running a child grooming ring on a 'massive' scale across the city.
They had sexually abused five girls who were aged as young as 13 years, who cannot be named for legal reasons, between 1998 and 2005.
Six of the group - Moinul Islam, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf, Assad Hussain and Haji Khan - will each be sentenced separately for their role in what prosecutors called 'routine, cynical and predatory sexual exploitation' in June. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Two-fifths of Brits think multiculturalism has FAILED, survey says


TWO-FIFTHS of people in Britain think multiculturalism has failed, according to a survey marking the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech.



A YouGov poll commissioned by anti-fascist campaigners Hope Not Hate showed 40 percent of those polled believed Powell’s warning about immigration had been well-founded.
Marginally more, 41 percent, thought the hate-monger had been proved wrong.
However, 43 percent of those polled thought relationships between communities in the UK would deteriorate in the coming years.
Just 14 percent thought they would improve, the Guardian reported.
And over a third saw Islam as a threat to the British way of life.
However, most respondents - 59 percent - saw a wide variety of backgrounds as being part of British culture and four-fifths felt happy inter communities.
Chief executive of Hope Not Hate, Nick Lowles, told the paper: “There is clearly much work to do.
“Powell’s speech led anti-racism campaigners to mobilise – the anniversary of the speech must do the same.
“Broadly, the reality is that multiculturalism has been an uneven success – leaving some areas of Britain more integrated than others.”
Enoch Powell's speech is infamous
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Hate-monger Enoch Powell's speech is infamous
The poll, which will be published in full tomorrow, comes as the BBC continued to be embroiled in a row over airing the speech.
BBC chiefs said listeners should "wait to hear the programme before they judge it" after Lord Andrew Adonis asked Ofcom to intervene and instruct the programme to be pulled.
The Labour peer described the infamous 1968 speech as "incendiary and racist".
The BBC announced the controversial anti-immigration speech will be read in full on Saturday for the first time ever, on Radio 4's Archive On 4 programme.
In a letter to Ofcom chief executive Sharon White, Labour peer Lord Adonis called on the media regulator to "instruct the BBC to cancel its proposed broadcast on Saturday of Enoch Powell's infamous 1968 speech predicting 'rivers of blood' and 'the black man having the whip hand over the white man' because of immigration.
"It seems extraordinary that one should have to make the argument in today's Britain that Powell's speech is an incitement to racial hatred and violence which should not be broadcast.
"If a contemporary politician made such a speech they would almost certainly be arrested and charged with serious offences."
The majority were not against multiculturalism
GETTYThe majority were not against multiculturalism
Lord Adonis added that the BBC's stance "that this is some kind of artistic enterprise" is an "unsustainable" argument, "particularly in context of the BBC's boast that the broadcast provides a unique opportunity to hear the speech in full".
He said the decision to broadcast the entire speech is "a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of 'rivers of blood"', which he said was "the most incendiary racist speech of modern Britain that was not even broadcast at the time".
Lord Adonis said the matter will be raised in Parliament if the speech is not pulled from the schedule.
The BBC said in a statement: "This is a rigorous journalistic analysis of a historical political speech.
"It's not an endorsement of the controversial views and people should wait to hear the programme before they judge it."
The broadcast sees actor Ian McDiarmid read the speech in its entirety, while the BBC's media editor Amol Rajan examines the influence the speech had since it was first delivered to Conservative Party members in Birmingham 50 years ago.

Jack Straw on Muslim rape gangs - "Listen, pal: it's Pakistanis, not Asians"



Jack Straw, with MP Lucy Allan and former prosecutor Nazir Afzal are roundly condemnatory of the Muslim grooming gangs revelations on the BBC Daily Politics and all acknowledge the nature of the problem.

Jack Straw is specific about where the problem lies, saying "It's about the culture of Pakistani men.

When I mentioned this in 2011 and said it was a Pakistani problem...some Pakistanis said 'why didn't you say Asians?',

and I said 'listen pal, the reason I didn't say 'Asians' is because I'm not talking about Asians, I'm talking about Pakistanis".

Straw also talks about the Rochdale coverup. MP Lucy Allan points the finger clearly in her comments, saying amongst other things "the grooming gangs are without a doubt of Pakistani heritage in Telford.

It's quite clearly about social and cultural attitudes towards white girls".