Friday, 26 February 2016

Rotherham brothers Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court after a series of women - most now in their 30s - told a jury how they were sexually, physically and emotionally abused in the South Yorkshire town when they were in their early teens.

Arshid, 40, and Basharat, 39, were found guilty of a range of offences along with their uncle, Qurban Ali, 53, and two women - Karen MacGregor, 58, and Shelley Davis, 40. The group targeted 15 vulnerable girls, one aged only 11, and forced them to perform horrific sex acts over a sixteen year period.

Arshid and Basharat Hussain were found guilty of dozens of attacks between them. Arshid, the ringleader, has been jailed for 35 years, while Basharat was given 25 years.

Bannaras Hussain admitted ten charges - including rape, indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm - at the beginning of the trial. He was given a 19-year sentence.

The convictions of the Hussain brothers and their associates is the first successful prosecution of a grooming gang in Rotherham since the child sexual exploitation scandal engulfed the town 18 months ago.

Read the full horrific account [here]

Monday, 8 February 2016

Jaroslaw Jablonski

36 year old Jaroslaw Jablonski raped, beat and sexually abused a young woman in an 'horrific' ordeal which a judge described as 'one of the worst he has ever seen'. He 'humiliated' his victim over several hours after tying her hands with tape at a property last year.

A court heard the attack only ended when the woman hit him with a flower pot and was able to flee and flag down a passing motorist.

Jailing him for a total 14 years at Hull Crown Court, judge Paul Watson QC, told him: 'What happened was, in my judgement, not about sexual gratification - it was about humiliation, degradation and control. As well as raping her, you abused her in an horrific manner and forced her to commit humiliating and degrading acts upon you and herself. I have to say that in 40 years of criminal practice, I have rarely, if ever, encountered such a brutal and sustained and degrading attack upon a young woman.

'You pleaded guilty to the offence of assault, but in truth you had no option. Even in relation to that charge, I reject your account that you slapped her in the face - you clearly punched her repeatedly with full force, and you are, as you said yourself, a strong man. This was an horrific episode.'

Jablonski, who is originally from Poland but lived in Hull, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm but denied any sexual offences. He was unanimously convicted by a jury of two counts of rape, six other sexual offences, and making a threat to kill after a week-long trial at Hull Crown Court.