Sex offenders who assaulted a girl and raped her in a playground and in her own bedroom have been jailed

Sex offenders who assaulted a girl and raped her in a playground and in her own bedroom have been jailed

A trio of vile sex offenders who attacked a girl on her paper rounds before raping her in a playground and in her own room have been jailed.

Sex offenders who assaulted a girl and raped her in a playground and in her own bedroom have been jailed

Banaras Hussain, 44, Talish Ahmed, 41, and Mohammed Akram, 44, subjected the child to a horrific campaign of abuse in Huddersfield between 1995 and 1998.

Leeds Crown Court heard that the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was just 12 years old and wearing school uniform when the predators identified her as a target.

The vulnerable teenager suffered abuse between the ages of 13 and 15 before finally managing to separate herself from her tormentors, who are all from Huddersfield.

They were convicted 25 years later as part of West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Tendersea investigation into the historic abuse of girls in the region.

A jury heard that the victim was groomed for sexual purposes and bribed with cigarettes, vodka, special beer and drugs. They were told she was raped in an elementary school playground and in her own bedroom. She was attacked before another serious sexual assault, it was heard.

Appearing in the dock yesterday, Hussain, who was 19 and married when he groomed the girl, was sentenced to 18 years for two offences of rape against a woman under 16.

Ahmed was sentenced to 10 years for the rape of a woman under 16. And Akram, also 19 and in a relationship at the time, received a 13-year sentence for two offenses of rape and one offense of indecent assault.

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