Oxford paedophile gang ‘threatened to cut off victim’s face and behead her baby’

Published June 26, 2013 by JS2

Impact statements read at the Old Bailey today detailed threats made against the girls for reporting the violence to police

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A sadistic child sex gang threatened to cut off the face of one young victim and decapitate her baby, a court has heard.

Parents of the victims described the horrific impact the campaign of torture and abuse had on their children as a judge prepares to sentence members of the paedophile ring.

Impact statements read at the Old Bailey today detailed threats made against the girls for reporting the violence to police and how the rapes have caused “irrevocable” damage.

The emotional accounts also showed how the families felt let down by police and social services, who failed to stop the rapes sooner despite parents begging for help.

Last month seven men, of Pakistani and North African origin, were found guilty of abusing six white girls from 2004 until last year in Oxford.

A five-month trial heard the child sex slaves were groomed, plied with hard drugs and raped before being sold for sex to other paedophiles across the country.

They were beaten and subjected to violent sex acts with up to 10 men a night.

Noel Lucas QC, prosecuting, read a statement from the mum of Girl C, who was raped from age 13 to 15, saying: “I don’t think she will ever get over it.

“She lost almost all her secondary education and was subjected to unspeakable horrors. She suffers nightmares, panic attacks and increased depression.

“Despite being a victim she bears a great deal of shame and embarrassment for what happened.”

She added the family had to move from Oxford because of threats after police were told.

She said: “The day before we finally left, she had a phone call from one associate of the gang threatening to cut her face off, decapitate her baby and slit my throat.”

All of the girls were known to the care system and some had vanished more than 100 times but nothing was done to stop the abuse.

In his statement, the father of Girl A said his family had been devastated after his daughter got involved with the men aged just 12.

He would scour the streets of Oxford trying to find her when she went missing for days.

“What should have been the best years in her life were turned into the worst.

“A bright young girl became a secretive and a frightened young girl who lost all ambition for the future.”

He added: “I feel we did everything we could as parents, yet we were constantly made to feel like it was our fault.”

Girl A’s mother begged social services for help when the abuse was happening, but no action was taken until last year when police and Oxfordshire council launched Operation Bullfinch to bring down the gang.

She said: “I feel a sense of vindication by the court’s findings against these men but it doesn’t take away the burden, the feeling of being condescended to and just plain insulted by the professionals who dealt with us back in the throes of the abuse she was suffering.”

Police fear the gang had at least 60 victims and hundreds of paedophiles raped the victims during the horrific abuse.

Six of the defendants listened from the dock as Mr Lucas outlined some of the victim impact statements, but Mohammed Karrar, 38, refused to come up from the cells.

He was convicted last month along with his brother, Bassam Karrar, 34, and another set of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, of charges including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution.

Kamar Jamil, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 28, were also convicted of abusing the girls.

Beginning mitigation of the defendants, Sally O’Neill, representing Jamil, told Judge Peter Rook that she wanted to give the men’s crimes a context as they were part of a “sordid, shameful and immoral world”.

“It was known to police and social services and, for whatever reason, there does not appear to have been any attempt to control it other than at the most superficial level,” she said.

They will all be sentenced tomorrow.

 

by Vicky Smith

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