THE senior officer in the team which prosecuted three men for indecently assaulting a young girl in a Rotherham graveyard and car park has praised their victim for her bravery in coming forward.
Paul Williamson, senior investigating officer of the Operation Stovewood team, which is investigating child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, said the conviction and jailing of Riaz Makhmood (39), Sajid Ali (38) and Zaheer Iqbal (39) today for 15 offences should encourage others to come forward.
“This is the first trial under Operation Stovewood and we have only been able to get to this point as a result of the bravery of the victim to come forward and tell her story,” he said.
“Our investigations are complex in nature and scale and the commitment of officers — building trust and relationships with victims — should not be underestimated.
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