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Arshid Hussain and his brother, Basharat, were found guilty of multiple rapes and indecent assaults, while a third brother, 36-year-old Banares, admitted 10 charges including rape and indecent assault before the trial.
The brothers’ uncle, Qurban Ali, 53, was convicted of conspiracy to rape.
|Arshid Hussain (left) and Basharat (centre) were found guilty, while Bannaras Hussain (right) admitted 10 offences before the trial started|
Karen MacGregor, 58, and Shelley Davies, 40, were found guilty of conspiracy to procure prostitutes and false imprisonment.
The verdicts were read out at Sheffield Crown Court, where the trial has been taking place.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tait said the verdicts were a “crucial milestone for those victims who have endured years of violence and horrific sexual abuse at the hands of these vile individuals.”
“I can't begin to put into words the trauma that these women experienced at such a young age. Most girls were 12-15 years old when sexually exploited by these and other Pakistani men.
“I'm pleased that their voices have finally been heard and believe and that those responsible have been publicly held to account for their crimes.”
|Karen MacGregor and Shelley Davies were found guilty after the trial at Sheffield Crown Court|
Two other brothers, Majid Bostan, 37, and Sajid Bostan, 38, were cleared of all charges.
A report by Professor Alexis Jay published in August 2014 found children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators in Rotherham, Jay said: “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered.”
Professor Jay found that 1400 girls had been sexually exploited, almost entirely by Pakistani men over a period of 16 years. To date there have been 14 convictions - one for every 100 girls abused. Justice has a long way to go!
|Qurban Ali was found guilty of conspiracy to rape|