Rotherham abuse scandal: Grooming gang who stole childhoods begin jail terms totalling 102 years
An evil Rotherham child abuse gang who stole the childhoods of vulnerable girls have been sentenced to 102 years in jail.
Ringleader Arshid Hussain – who led the appalling sexual and physical abuse of young teenagers in the town who were often then trafficked and sold for sex in Sheffield and other locations – was jailed for 35 years at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.
Rotherham trial: Lives shattered by childhood abuse at hands of Hussain brothers
They sat hand in hand in the public gallery above the court, straining to hear the barristers and judge on a day they had thought would never arrive.
Now-adult women, many with children of their own, still haunted by the despicable acts visited upon them as girls by a trio of seemingly untouchable brothers, who had dealt drugs and pimped vulnerable girls with impunity for years.
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The offending of three brothers who acted like a ‘pack of animals’ in their terrifying abuse of young girls has had a devastating impact on Rotherham.
Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain were handed prison sentences totalling 79 years at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday for offences dating back to the 1990s and early 2000s.
Judge Sarah Wright said it was not just the 15 victims in the case and their families that had suffered as a result of their sustained sexual and physical abuse of vulnerable children.