20 men found guilty of grooming, raping and abusing girls as young as 11 in England’s Huddersfield


20 men have been found guilty of being part of grooming gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield in England. These men have been sentenced to more than 200 years of jail-term in total.

The gang’s ringleader was 35-year-old Amere Singh Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge, who told him, “Your treatment of these girls was inhuman.” Dhaliwal is one of 20 men who have been found guilty of scores of offences in a series of trials at Leeds Crown Court.

These men had sexually abused as many as15 girls in and around Huddersfield between 2004 and 2011.

Those already sentenced have have received prison sentences totalling 221 years. Another four are awaiting sentence, reported Metro website.

Aside from Dhaliwal, other members of the group included Irfan Ahmed, Zahid Hassan, Mohammed Kammer, Mohammed Rizwan Aslam, Abdul Rehman, Raj Singh Barsran, Nahman Mohammed, Mansoor Akhtar, Wiqas Mahmud, Nasarat Hussain. Sajid Hussain, who is still is on the run, Mohammed Irfraz, Faisal Nadeem, Mohammed Azeem, Manzoor Hassan.

The abuse of the vulnerable, isolated and underage girls – the youngest of whom was 11 or 12 – was described by a judge as ‘top of the scale.’

The age group of these 20 men ranged from 27 to 54. They were convicted as part of Operation Tendersea during three trials at Leeds Crown Court throughout 2018 making it the worst scandal to ever hit Huddersfield.

Website Examinerlive quoted a victim as saying, “I think the sentences were brilliant, although I thought one of the men deserved just that bit longer. I’m so happy with the verdicts and can’t thank everyone involved in Operation Tendersea enough.”

A series of trials on the case could not be reported because of a blanket reporting ban imposed a year ago. The ban was lifted by the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Guy Kearl QC, on Friday, reported Sky News.