Paedophile grooming gang treated victims as young as 13 ‘like trophies’
A grooming gang who sexually abused five vulnerable girls have been jailed for between four and five years after a judge said they had 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 young girl realised she had been groomed after watching an educational video.
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 made all four men the subject of a sexual harm prevention order banning them from using the Snapchat messaging app for eight years.
The judge 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.