February 2019

Bradford grooming: Nine jailed for abusing girls

Nine men who raped and abused two girls who were living in a children’s home have been jailed.

The girls were aged 14 when the men first began to use drink, drugs and violence to groom and sexually exploit them.

Bradford Crown Court heard the abuse started after the girls moved into the home in 2008.

The nine were convicted of 22 offences including rape and inciting child prostitution.

A tenth defendant was cleared of rape.

One of the women, Fiona Goddard, decided to waive her legal right to life-long anonymity to show other victims of abuse “there is nothing to be ashamed of”.

Sentencing the men to jail terms ranging from 20 years to 18 months, Judge Durham Hall QC said: “You appear not to have shown any respect for the minimum standards of decent behaviour.”

During the trial, which lasted more than six weeks, prosecutor Karma Melly QC said the gang had taken advantage of the girls’ age and situation.

She said: “Some of the defendants were actually forceful, threatening and violent, others used alcohol and drugs, others created a manipulated relationship in order to facilitate their sexual exploitation.”

Reading from an impact statement, Ms Goddard, 25, told the court: “I can’t change what’s happened, but I can rebuild my life.”

The jury heard it was Basharat Khaliq who first met the girls in 2008, when he was 27 and they were both 14, before taking them to a petrol station and buying them a bottle of vodka.

Over the following years he groomed and repeatedly raped one of the girls and on one occasion abused Ms Goddard.

At about the same time the girls also separately met brothers Saeed and Naveed Akthar, with much of the abuse taking place at Saeed’s former address on Saffron Drive.

Ms Melly said: “Fiona was used for sex by the men that came to the property.

“She was used by Saeed to get drugs and bring them back, she was told to go and meet dealers and to ensure she came back with drugs though she was given no money for them.

“She was in effect used as a prostitute on his instruction.”

The allegations came to light in 2014 when Ms Goddard saw a report on the grooming and sexual abuse of hundreds of young girls in Rotherham on BBC Look North.

She asked her then partner to contact the BBC to say that similar abuse was happening elsewhere and the BBC “quite properly” notified police.

Verdicts and sentences

  • Basharat Khaliq, 38, of Deanwood Crescent, Bradford, was found guilty of five counts of rape and one count of assault by penetration and jailed for 20 years

  • Saeed Akhtar, 55, of Back Girlington Road, Bradford, was convicted of two counts of inciting child prostitution and one count of rape and jailed for 20 years

  • Naveed Akhtar, 43, of Newport Place, Bradford, was found guilty of two counts of rape and cleared of one count of rape. He was jailed for 17 years

  • Parvaze Ahmed, 36, of Farcliffe Road, Bradford, was convicted of three counts of rape and jailed for 17 years

  • Izar Hussain, 32, of St Leonard’s Road, Bradford, was found guilty of one count of rape, one count of attempted rape and cleared of two counts of rape. He was jailed for 16 years

  • Zeeshan Ali, 32, of Durham Terrace, Bradford, was convicted of one count of sexual assault and jailed for 18 months

  • Kieran Harris, 28, of Fir Parade, Dewsbury, was found guilty of two counts of rape and jailed for 17 years

  • Faheem Iqbal, 27, of no fixed abode, was convicted of one count of aiding and abetting rape and jailed for seven years

  • Mohammed Usman, 31, of Quaker Street, Bradford, was found guilty of two counts of rape and jailed for 17 years

  • Yasar Majid, 37, of Milton Keynes, was cleared of rape

February 2019

Verdicts delivered in Bradford sex abuse trial

The jury in the long-running grooming trial at Bradford Crown Court has delivered verdicts on all but one of the 25 charges faced by ten defendants.

Nine men have been found guilty of a total of 21 sexual offences following a trial that began in January.

The jury at Bradford Crown Court took 26 hours to deliver unanimous verdicts on all but one of the charges in the case.

Basharat Khaliq, 38, of Bradford, known as Bash, was found guilty of five counts of rape and one count of assault by penetration.

Saeed Akhtar, 55, of Bradford, known as Sid, was found guilty of one charge of rape and two charges of causing or inciting child prostitution.

His brother Naveed Akhtar, 43, also of Bradford and known as Nav, was found guilty of two counts of rape and not guilty of a third rape.

Parvaze Ahmed, 36, of Bradford, known as Pav, was found guilty of three charges of rape.

Izar Hussain, 32, of Bradford, known as Billy Joe Joe, was found guilty of one rape charge and not guilty of two other rapes.

Zeeshan Ali, 32, of Bradford, known as Twinny or T, was found guilty of one charge of sexual assault.

Keiran Harris, 28, of Dewsbury, was found guilty of two rapes. Fahim Iqbal, also 28 and from Dewsbury, was found guilty of aiding and abetting one of Harris’s rapes.

Mohammed Usman, 31, of Bradford, known as Manny, was found guilty of two counts of rape.

A court order prevents us from publishing the full addresses of any of the defendants.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a single charge of rape faced by a tenth man, 37-year-old Yasar Majid of Milton Keynes, and has been directed to return to its deliberations and attempt to reach a majority verdict.

All 25 charges are presented below, along with the verdict for each.

Basharat Khaliq (Bash) 38, of Bradford

Ct 1 Rape – Guilty

Ct 2 Rape – Guilty

Ct 3 Rape – Guilty

Ct 4 Rape – Guilty

Ct 5 Rape – Guilty

Ct 6 Assault by penetration – Guilty

Saeed Akhtar (Sid) 55, of Bradford

Ct 7 Causing or inciting child prostitution – Guilty

Ct 8 Causing or inciting child prostitution – Guilty

Ct 9 Rape – Guilty

Yasar Majid (Yas) 37, Milton Keynes

Ct 10 Rape – No verdict returned yet – jury directed to consider a majority verdict

Naveed Akhtar (Sid’s brother Nav) 43, of Bradford

Ct 11 Rape – Guilty

Ct 12 Rape – Guilty

Ct 13 Rape – Not Guilty

Parvaze Ahmed (Pav) 36, of Bradford

Ct 14 Rape – Guilty

Ct 15 Rape – Guilty

Ct 16 Rape – Guilty

Izar Hussain (Billy Joe Joe) 32, of Bradford

Ct 17 Rape – Guilty

Ct 18 Rape – Not Guilty

Ct 19 Rape – Not Guilty

Ct 20 Attempted rape – Guilty

Zeeshan Ali (T) 32, of Bradford

Ct 21 Sexual assault – Guilty

Kieran Harris, 28, of Dewsbury

Ct 22 Rape – Guilty

Ct 23 Rape – Guilty

Fahim Iqbal, 28, of Dewsbury

Ct 22 Aiding and abetting rape – Guilty

Mohammed Usman (Manny) 31, of Bradford

Ct 24 Rape – Guilty

Ct 25 Rape – Guilty