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Five men jailed for 'despicable' sexual exploitation of teenage girl

Umber Farrouq (21), Anees Hanif (20), Matab Ali (21), Junaid Ali (20) and Ameer Arshad (19) were found guilty after a two-week trial at Stafford Crown Court in May. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Five men have been sentenced to 23 years in prison, in what police have described as the 'despicable' sexual exploitation of a teenage girl in Burton-On-Trent.

Umber Farrouq (21), Anees Hanif (20), Matab Ali (21), Junaid Ali (20) and Ameer Arshad (19) were found guilty after a two-week trial at Stafford Crown Court in May.

The trial followed a lengthy investigation by Staffordshire Police’s Child Exploitation Team, concerning activity that took place in the Burton area between October 2012 and May 2013 involving the same victim.

  • Umber Farrouq (21), of Belvedere Road, Burton, was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15. He received five-and-a-half-years for each offence, to run concurrently.
  • Anees Hanif (20), of Norfolk Road, Burton, was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15 and inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity. He was sentenced to five-and-a-half-years for each offence, to run concurrently.
  • Matab Ali (21), of Gordon Street, Burton, was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15. He received five-and-a-half-years for each offence, to run concurrently.
  • Junaid Ali (20), of Shobnall Street, Burton, was jailed for five-and-a-half-years after he was found guilty of the attempt rape of a girl aged 13 to 15.
  • Ameer Arshad (19), of Waterloo Street, Burton, was found guilty of blackmail and jailed for 12 months.

Farrouq, Hanif, Ali (Matab) and Ali (Junaid) have all been put onto the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.

The men were arrested in Burton between 10 October 2013 and January 2014. A seventh suspect, a 17-year-old male from Burton, received a conditional youth caution for inciting sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15 and was referred to the Youth Offending Team.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, East Staffordshire Local Policing Team Commander, said:

"We welcome the sentences handed out today which reflect the despicable crimes committed by these individuals.

"While today sees the conclusion of the criminal justice process, we recognise that the victim will be affected for the rest of her life.

"We commend her absolute bravery and our role is to work with partners to offer her continued support. Victims of cases like this need to remain anonymous and we must stress how important it is for her privacy to be protected so she can begin to move on.

"The protection and care of vulnerable young people in Staffordshire is of utmost importance to us and something every officer working in the community seeks to ensure.

"This case has men brought to justice, men who acted in a predatory way and sought out a vulnerable young girl to abuse her. Their actions are inexcusable and the fact they show no remorse only highlights the sinister individuals we’re dealing with.

– Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, Staffordshire Police