Four men jailed for sexually abusing teen who was ‘passed around like meat’

Four men convicted of sexually assaulting a vulnerable teenager who they "passed around like a piece of meat" have been jailed.

The Asian grooming gang from Telford have been locked up for between four-and-a-half and eight years.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the men forced their victim to perform sex acts in a churchyard, raped her above a shop and abused her when she tried to refuse their advances.

The men went on trial for sex offences which started when the girl – now an adult – was just 12.

Passing sentence on Thursday, Judge Melbourne Inman QC said the girl had been "helpless" and was groomed until she lost control.

Judge Inmand told Mohammed Ali Sulan – the group's ring leader – that the girl was "extremely frightened" of him as he exerted "significant" control over her.

The judge added Sulan appeared to be remorseless and "very dangerous" who showed no insight into his crimes.

Prosecutor Michelle Heeley QC had previous told the court the victim had been "passed around like a piece of meat for sexual gratification of several young men."

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Ali Sultan was convicted of rape and three counts of indecent assault and has been jailed for eight years.

He is also the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order.

Mohammad Rizwan, 37, was convicted of two counts of indecent assault and sentenced to five and a half years behind bars.

The jury found Shafiq Younas, 35, guilty of indecent assault.

He was handed a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence on Thursday.

Amjad Hussain was convicted of single count of indecent assault.

The 38-year-old was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

All four must sign the sex offenders register.

Following the sentencing Detective Inspector Rob Rondel of West Mercia Police said: "This investigation was part of Operation Vapour, which continues today.

"We encourage victims of child sexual exploitation to come forward and engage with police and find support with our partner agencies."

Mr Rondel praised the victim for her "real courage and determination" in seeing the case through.

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