- Sageer Hussain, 30, was convicted of four rapes and one indecent assault
- Attacker told his 13-year-old victim that 'all white girls are good for is sex'
- His brother Basharat was convicted of indecent assault against same girl
- 6 other gang members found guilty of further 10 charges of sexual abuse
Eight members of an Asian sex gang in Rotherham were today convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls after making them suffer ‘degrading and violent’ acts.
Sageer Hussain, 30, openly boasted that he was racist and told his distraught 13-year-old white victim: ‘All white girls are good for is sex and they are just sl*gs.’
Sageer was convicted of four rapes and one indecent assault and his elder brother Basharat, 40, of indecent assault against the same girl at Sheffield Crown Court.
Brothers: Sageer Hussain (left), 30, was convicted of four rapes and one indecent assault and his elder brother Basharat (right), 40, of one indecent assault against the same 13-year-old girl
Six other members of the gang were also found guilty of a further ten charges of sexually abusing the three girls – and face jail when sentenced next month.
Sageer’s victim - who is now 27 - told police, their MP and the then home secretary David Blunkett that she had been repeatedly raped by Sageer.
But the allegations were dropped after men threatened to burn down the family home and gang-rape her mother.
The clothes she was wearing when she was raped by Sageer were lost by South Yorkshire Police days later and the force later gave the girl £140 compensation.
She had a cut lip and bruised thighs and bottom but forensic samples taken from the victim at the time were not retained because the rape allegation was dropped.
Tapes of Sageer’s 2003 police interview were also apparently destroyed.
Files belonging to the youth support group Risky Business compiled at the time of her complaint were also lost as well as phones seized during the police probe.
The girl’s family tried unsuccessfully to get help from the local social services and took the girl out of school.
Facing jail: Mohammed Whied (left), 32, was found guilty of one count of aiding and abetting rape, while Waleed Ali (right), 34, was found guilty of one rape and one indecent assault
She was treated by psychologists and the family were so desperate to escape her abusers they temporarily moved to Spain in 2005.
She received £20,400 in compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2011 over her earlier rape complaint
Her father told the court previously she was a ‘lovely, happy child’ who was ‘no trouble’ until she came home with a red, swollen cheek.
She told her father she had fallen but later confessed the truth to her mother. ‘They have been raping me,’ she said.
The girl - the victim in 13 of the 16 charges - told the court Sageer hit and slapped her and held her by the hair. ‘He doesn’t like girls saying no to him,’ she said.
She kept associating with his gang out of fear. ‘You feel like scared and stuff,’ she said. ‘Sageer is like evil, mean and his friends are scared of him because of his brothers.’
Sageer was said by Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, to have played a ‘key role’ in the sexual abuse of girls in Rotherham who were ‘targeted and sexualised.’
His brother Basharat performed a sex act on the 13-year-old girl on multiple occasions.
Also involved: Ishtiaq Khaliq (left), 33, was found guilty of one rape and three indecent assaults. Masoued Malik (right), 32, was found guilty of one rape, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment
The Hussains were among eight men accused during the month-long trial of sexually exploiting three girls aged 13 or 14 at the time.
Girls were lured by the excitement of friendship with a group of older Asian youths and Sageer was instrumental in befriending the alleged victims.
But after a few weeks he became ‘domineering’ in his treatment of the 13-year-old girl and ‘used her for his own gratification then passed her onto his friends and older brothers or associates,’ said the prosecutor.
He was helped in differing ways by the other defendants ‘each willingly engaging in exploitative behaviour and using the girls to their own ends.’
The girl and her friends met Sageer and other older Asian boys in Rotherham town centre and they ‘became her life’.
Miss Colborne said: ‘They dressed better and seemed more approachable. Initially they were pleasant and they had fun with them.’
But the victims were soon groomed with cigarettes, alcohol and cannabis.
Gang: Asif Ali (left), 30, was convicted of one rape, and Naeem Rafiq (right), 33, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment
Her mother watched the 13-year-old turn from ‘a lovely girl to horrible and was powerless to control it,’ said Miss Colborne.
By the time she had turned 14 the girl had been repeatedly raped by Sageer in an alleyway at the side of the Boots store in Rotherham and the town’s Clifton Park.
The first time when she was still a virgin he made her look at him and told her to scream in front of his watching friends who said it would be their turn next.
The victim said Sageer had been taking drugs before the second rape in the alleyway during which he pulled her hair and grabbed her neck.
His cousin Mohammed Whied, 32, sat on his car bonnet and watched Sageer have sex with the girl in the car at Clifton Park.
‘Sageer was banging her head against the window telling her to scream and he called her a white sl*g,’ said Miss Colborne.
WHAT WERE THE 8 GANG MEMBERS CONVICTED OF?
The fourth rape occurred when Sageer pulled the girl from Whied’s car and had sex with her in some bushes near Rotherham Museum.
She cried and he called her a ‘big baby’ before flicking cigarette ash into her hair.
She saw Sageer for the last time in Whied’s car when Sageer turned ‘nasty’ and punched her in the mouth causing it to bleed.
He set light to a can of deodorant which he waved in her face before threatening her with a crowbar.
Other Asian males, including Sageer’s brothers, goaded the 13-year-old into performing sex acts on them - once with five men at a Kosovan refugee’s flat.
In police video interviews shown to the jury, the victim said: ‘It was like we were sex objects.
There was no respect or care. It was like we were there for a certain reason.’
She said an unknown Asian male once held a gun to her head in Clifton Park and told her she would be shot if she spoke to police about the sexual abuse.
‘He said if you tell anyone what’s happening, I will shoot you in three seconds.
He counted down from three to one then pulled the trigger and started laughing saying there was nothing in it.’
She told why she did not pursue her 2003 allegation, saying: ‘I withdrew it because they (the police) wouldn’t give me any protection and had already lost my clothes so there was no DNA and it was my word against his.’
After her mother got threatening phone calls the family believed they were in ‘real danger’ and had a panic alarm fitted at home.
The victim finally summoned up the courage to complain again to the police in September 2013.
Sageer did not take the witness stand in the trial but in a police interview said he used to go to the mosque every day and ‘hung about’ with his father visiting furniture and car auctions.
‘I was kicked out of school when I was 15 for messing about, my family weren’t happy,’ he said.
He claimed never to have been down the Boots alleyway or raped the complainant. Basharat denied knowing the girl.
Speaking after the verdicts, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate said: ‘The verdicts today are of massive importance to the young women who have come forward to report years of horrific sexual abuse at the hands of these criminals.
‘They had to endure what no child should and have shown remarkable bravery throughout our inquiry.
‘From coming forward to officers, to providing video and written interviews, through to re-living their traumatic and awful abuse before the jury, they have carried themselves with composure and dignity.’