Men guilty of raping underage girls

Two men have been found guilty of drugging and raping vulnerable underage girls they found walking the streets in West Yorkshire.

Pair committed "deplorable acts of abuse"

Bilal Hussain has been jailed for 17 and a half years.
Shazad Rehman has been jailed for 18 and a half years

Airedale and North Bradford Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent, Angela Williams said: “Rehman and Hussain preyed upon these young girls, building their confidence before undertaking what were deplorable acts of abuse

"Our teenage girls in Keighley are far safer now this pair are behind bars and removed from the streets. Months of detailed investigation went into monitoring their activities, which allowed us to build a catalogue of evidence against each of them.

“These sentences should therefore be a warning to anyone who thinks they can come to our town with the intention of committing such offences. "Girls under 16 cannot consent to sexual acts in any circumstance and we will not tolerate or accept such behaviour."

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Pair "systematically and ruthlessly groomed their child victims"

Shazad Rehman and Bilal Hussain have today been convicted of an appalling catalogue of abuse against young girls.

Rehman and Hussain are sexual predators who targeted their victims because of their youth and vulnerability. They systematically and ruthlessly groomed their child victims, plying them with strong alcohol and drugs, and exploited the trust placed in them as adults in the cruellest possible way.

These offences were then further compounded by the defendants’ attempts to intimidate one of the prosecution witnesses. This clearly demonstrates the utter contempt these men have for the rule of law.

All the victims have shown immense courage in coming forward, and helping us to build a strong prosecution case. I would like to pay tribute to their bravery today.

The jury have now found the defendants guilty of all the charges. Thankfully they will be spending many years behind bars where they can no longer pose a threat to young children. I hope that this outcome will help the victims to continue to rebuild their lives. The result of this case sends out the clearest possible message that this type of offending will never be tolerated. The CPS will prosecute all such cases with vigour and robustness.”

– Crown Prosecution Service

Men referred to victims as "fresh meat"

Two men have been found guilty of drugging and raping vulnerable underage girls they found walking the streets in West Yorkshire.

Shazad Rehman, 30, and Bilal Hussain, 23, denied abusing the girls, who were picked up as the pair cruised the streets of Keighley and Halifax.

The court heard how Rehman and Hussain plied the girls with alcohol and cannabis and took them to hotels for sex. Rehman referred to the girls as "fresh meat", the court heard.

The trial heard how one of the girls, who was 14 when the attacks happened in 2010 and 2011, was repeatedly raped.

Prosecutors told the jury how the men acted together and deliberately went out to target vulnerable victims who had problems and were looking for attention.

The men used the Alder House Hotel in Batley and the Campanile Hotel in Bradford.

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