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Immigrant sex gang blasted for £40k interpreter bill

An immigrant child sex gang has been blasted by a judge for failing to respect their adopted country by abusing a string of young girls in Peterborough - and failing to learn English.

Judge John Bevan QC told the court that despite the gang members living legally in the UK for between five and 12 years, taxpayers will have to foot a £40,000 bill for interpreters following the trial.

Hassan Abdulla, 33, Zdeno Mirga, 18, Renato Balog, 18, Jan Kandrac, 17, and an unnamed 14-year-old were sentenced today. Credit: Police handout

The judge laid into the four Roma men and boys from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and an Iraqi Kurd, as he sentenced them for raping and sexually assaulting five girls aged as young as 12.

He told them: "The combination of the crimes you have committed and your attitude to these crimes both in this country and this court bring discredit on all of you in the dock."

"[It also] does a disservice to your fellow Roma who want to work hard in this country, improve themselves and make a positive contribution.

"If you want to live in this country you must do so in an appropriate way."With rights come responsibilities, which you have singularly failed to take."


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Peterborough victim 'still frightened they will kill me'

A victim, known as only as Girl E, said she thought she loved her attacker, Renato Balog, but he soon became "nasty".

I felt very confused and embarrassed. I was ashamed in myself for doing these things with him even though I didn't want to do them.

Another victim, known as Girl A, said:

I felt upset and scared, the boys told me if I told police they would kill me and my family and I thought they would.

When we had to go to court I had to go to London and stay there. It was proper hard. I cried. It was hard to talk.

I was worried people would laugh at me and wouldn't be able to understand me because of how I speak and I was embarrassed about talking.

After I left court it felt like a long time waiting and felt like nothing was happening. I thought that the boys were going to get out and get me.

I am still frightened that they will kill me when they get out.

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Social worker: Victim had been too scared to speak out

Social worker Estelle Thain told ITV News that she became increasingly concerned about one of the Peterborough victims when she became "too frightened" to speak about her experiences.

"It got to the point where we had to place her in foster care to move her away from Peterborough," she said, "which was where she was putting herself at risk."

"She had been moved a couple of months to foster placement, which was a long way from Peterborough, before she got to a point where she got comfortable to disclose some of the things that had been happening to her."

"She was 12 or 13 at the time," she added.

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Three men and two teens preyed on five vulnerable girls

Hassan Abdulla, 33, Zdeno Mirga, 18, Renato Balog, 18, Jan Kandrac, 17, and an unnamed 14-year-old were sentenced today. Credit: Police

The men and youths, of Czech and Slovak Roma, and Kurdish backgrounds, preyed on a total of five girls, including one with severe learning difficulties, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire last year.

The girls were also forced to have sex with men for money, which was used to buy drugs and alcohol.

They were jailed at the Old Bailey today, with Judge John Bevan QC also criticising the immigrants for failing to learn English despite having lived in the United Kingdom for up to a decade.

He said it had resulted in a cost to the court of up to £40,000 for interpreters at their trial.


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Former girlfriend of sex attacker speaks of shock after gang jailed

The former girlfriend of one of the men jailed for a series of sex assaults on children today at the Old Bailey has spoken of her shock.

The sex gang were jailed for a total of more than 50 years for a series of rapes and sex assaults against five vulnerable girls in Peterborough.

The offences took place between April and December 2012.

Nikola Terkelyova, the ex partner of 33-year-old Hassan Abdulla, said:

"It makes me feel very stupid, how could I not see it? How could have I been so blind?"

"I've tried to be so good, I did everything for him and in the end I end up with a man that was sleeping with children. Things like that don't happen normally in life."

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Peterborough child sex gang attackers jailed

Zdeno Mirga. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A group of sex attackers have been sentenced today for a series of rapes and sex assaults against five vulnerable girls in Peterborough, one as young as 12 years old.

18-year-old Zdeno Mirga is to serve 16 and a half years in prison and is to be put on the sex offenders register for life.

Hassan Abdulla. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Hassan Abdulla has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, serving two thirds, with an additional five years on license.

Renato Balog. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Renato Balog, 18, will serve 12 years in a young offenders institution and will be put on the sex offenders register for life.

Jan Kandrac. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Jan Kandrac, 17, was sentenced to five and a half years in a young offenders institute.

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Third Peterborough sex attacked sentenced to 12 years

Renato Balog, sentenced to 12 years in a young offenders' institution, had not been named publicly by the courts until sentencing today because of his age.

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Peterborough sex attackers jailed for 16 and 20 years

ITV News Anglia reporter Oliva Paterson is at the Old Bailey:

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