This grooming gang case almost slipped away unnoticed while the recent terror attacks had been the main focus of attention in the news.
3 Muslim nonces jailed for 19 years at Reading Crown Court. The Muslim grooming gang had been active in the Wycombe and Aylesbury areas.
Three men involved in an Asian child sex gang who preyed on a schoolgirl they had drugged with cannabis and heroin, started jail terms on Saturday after being convicted of crimes carried out in High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Wendover, years previously.
A judge jailed them for up to 19 years after hearing a heart-rending victim impact statement from the victim who is now a 32-year-old who suffers from alcohol addiction and depression.
The jury had convicted one man of grooming and two other men of raping and giving heroin to a girl in her teenage years. They were each sentenced to serve up to 19 years in prison.
The now adult child, who the court heard was “desperate for love” after being alienated from her family, was introduced to hard drugs and convinced to have sex with strangers in High Wycombe, Wendover and Aylesbury, as payment.
Over the course of one year or more, a taxi driver would pick the 15-year-old girl up at her school and take her to a rented flat, where her body would be sold to up to eight adult men almost every night.
When she approached the police in fear that her life was in danger, she was turned away and told she “needed more evidence” and said she felt like officers were asking her to be sexually assaulted again to get proof.
Judge Johanna Cutts, sitting at Reading Crown Court, heard that the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was first introduced to the perpetrators at the early age of 13 years, when taxi driver Berkley John picked her up and preyed on her vulnerability.
The court was told that defendant John, from Aylesbury, who was aged in his late 50s at the time and was a stranger to the victim, told her he loved her and said he wanted to marry her when she turned 16.
He then took her to his friend Saeed Ahmed’s flat in Aylesbury where they introduced her to cannabis and, as she became addicted over time, John started making her perform oral sex on him as payment.
The abuse became more serious when John started giving her heroin and forced her to have sex with him and others in Ahmed’s flat. While Ahmed, aged 51, was aware of the purpose for which his flat was being used, he did not partake in the sexual activities, the court heard.