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Men sentenced for historic child abuse offences

Two men have been sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to a total of more than six years for historic child sex offences.

Aesan Pervez: sentenced to 12 months Credit: West Yorkshire Police
Furqaan Ghafar: sentenced to five years and three months Credit: West Yorkshire Police

This follows on from 15 men being sentenced last week to a total of more than 160 years in prison for historic child sex offences.

Furqaan Ghafar, aged 31, from Derby was sentenced to five years and three months after admitting one count of sexual activity with a child.

Aesan Pervez, aged 27, from Halifax was sentenced to 12 months after being found guilty of sexual assault. He received three additional years (to run consecutively) for unrelated matters bringing the total sentence to four years.


13 men jailed for 150-plus years for schoolgirl sex abuse

A judge has passed jail sentences totalling more than 150 years on 13 men convicted of the horrific sexual abuse of a vulnerable schoolgirl in West Yorkshire.

Four other men have yet to be sentenced in the case which could not previously be reported because of potential prejudice to a series of trials at Leeds Crown Court but restrictions were lifted this afternoon at the end of the fourth and last trial.

The girl from Halifax, was raped and abused between the ages of 13 and 15.

The prosecution described her as “lonely, needy” and seeking friendship and love, she was a teenager who for a long time did not understand that she was a victim of child abuse being groomed and exploited.

On occasions the court heard she sought out the men who abused her simply because she wanted to escape from her unhappy childhood and had no sense of self-preservation or worth or the danger she was putting herself in.

She started drinking vodka and taking drugs mixing with older men and having sex with them. It was only when she was taken into care and moved well away from her abusers she appreciated she had been groomed and exploited and revealed the sex offences to police.

She described being taken to houses in Bradford as well as Halifax, to hotels in Bradford, Leeds and London and to a drug dealer’s big house in Manchester, sometimes being given money but mostly drugs and alcohol.

Jailing the four convicted of the most serious offences against her, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC described her as a deeply damaged child who was subjected to the “grossest abuse.”

“She was given alcohol, drugs and money for sex. There was no love, no affection, no care. She was taken advantage of when she was drunk and under the influence of drugs.

She was subjected to humiliation and degradation at the hands of men who used and abused her for their own sexual gratification. It must have been obvious to anyone who came into contact with her that she was particularly vulnerable.”

– Judge Geoffrey Marson QC

Those jailed for abusing her included Heder Ali from Cheshire sentenced to 25 years in prison after he was convicted on two charges of rape and two of trafficking her for sexual exploitation. He took her to a hotel in Bradford where he raped her and knew others would.

Haider Ali, 41, from Halifax was jailed for a total of 20 years after he was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and causing another person to engage in sexual activity with her without consent.

He was 19 years older than the victim when he took her to a flat in Bradford where she said she had sex with him on a sofa after she was given a sachet of some substance which “crackled” in her mouth as well as some drinks which made her feel unwell.

Judge Marson said: “Having abused her yourself you then pinned her against the wall and told her she had to sleep with another man as payment for use of the flat and told her if she did not sleep with him she would not get a lift home.”

That man then raped the girl as well.

One of those jailed was also convicted of a sexual assault on a second girl.

“This was the largest and longest running investigation into child sexual exploitation in Calderdale.

“At the centre of the complex enquiry were two young vulnerable victims who were preyed upon by men for their own sexual gratification.

"I would like to praise them for their courage in coming forward and firstly disclosing the offences, then bravely giving evidence."

– Det. Chief Insp. Nicola Bryar, West Yorkshire Police


Police search for missing Halifax teenager Amazing Grace

The 14-year-old was last seen on Saturday evening Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police in Halifax are appealing for information to help trace a missing 14-year-old girl.

Amazing Grace Taruvinga, who also uses the name Ester Tee, was last seen at her home address in Pellon at around 7pm on Saturday.

She is 5ft tall, with collar-length black hair and was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, a blue skirt and white trainers, and was carrying a black handbag.

Police say her disappearance is out of character. Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Health chiefs to host 3rd public meeting over Huddersfield A&E

Health chiefs will host a third public meeting tonight on proposals which could see Huddersfield lose its A&E unit to Halifax.

Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It will take place at the John Smiths Stadium again despite hundreds being locked out of the previous meeting.

Organisers say they could not find anywhere else suitable and there are other opportunities to learn about the proposals.

Watch: Anger as hundreds locked out of A&E meeting

Domestic siege in Halifax comes to an end

A domestic siege in which a man appeared to brandish a sword and a handgun at police has come to an end.

Credit: Gemma Rollings

Detectives were called to an address in Ovenden Way, Halifax at 11.47am today after receiving a report of a man with a sword.

Armed police attended and began negotiations with the man, who appeared to brandish a sword and a handgun at officers from an upstairs window.

Police cordoned off the area as negotiations continued with the man, who was alone in the property but thought to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Enquiries also indicated he may have been suffering from mental health issues.

A short time later the man disappeared from sight and was believed to have lapsed into unconsciousness.

Officers forced entry to the building and found the man lying on the floor.

Distraction devices were then deployed to allow officers to safely detain the man and medical attention was requested.

Police say no shots were fired and the man was taken to hospital for further assessment.

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