BY: ADELE FORREST, Rotherham Advertiser
EIGHT friends and relatives who sexually abused three teenage girls have been jailed for a total of 96 years.
The grooming gang were found guilty of 19 sexual offences on October 17 following a four-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court and were remanded in custody.
Her Honour Judge Sarah Wright sentenced the gang today (Friday) at the same court.
Most of the charges relate to offences committed against a Rotherham girl who was just 13 when the abuse began in 2003.
One defendant - Ishtiaq Khaliq - was also found guilty of indecently assaulting two other girls aged 14 to 15 between 1999 and 2001.
The men were aged between 17 and 26 years old at the time of the offences.
Ringleader Sageer Hussain (31), of Clough Road, Rotherham was jailed for 19 years for four counts of rape and one of indecent assault.
His older brother Basharat Hussain (40), who was already in custody for child sex offences, was given another seven years to run concurrent to his current sentence after being found guilty of indecent assault.
The Hussains' cousins Mohammed Whied (32) of Psalters Lane, Kimberworth, was jailed for five years for aiding and abetting rape and Asif Ali (31), of Clough Road, was jailed for 12 years for rape.
Khaliq (33), of Carlisle Street, Rotherham, jailed for 17 years for rape and three counts of indecent assault.
Waleed Ali (34), of Canklow Road, Rotherham, jailed for 13 years for rape and indecent assault.
Masoued Malik (32) of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham, jailed for 15 years for rape, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit indecent assault.
Naeem Rafiq (33), of Clarendon Road, Eastwood, jailed for eight years for conspiracy to commit indecent assault and false imprisonment.
The judge said Sageer Hussain had conducted “a campaign of violent rape against a 13 year old vulnerable girl”.
She added: “The abuse of the victims was often carefully planned.
“An abuser would build up their trust and it is a common feature of this case that abusers are often described as initially caring and loving but then turning to becoming controlling and domineering”.