Arafat Osman, AKA Left Eye, 20, NFA, has been found guilty of two counts of payment for sexual services of a child. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying a class A drug (cocaine and heroin). He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
Idleh Osman, AKA Sniper, 21, of Brooklyn Road, Bishopsworth, has been found guilty of one count of arranging/facilitating payment for sexual services of a child. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying a class A drug (cocaine and heroin). He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
Mustafa Farah, AKA Greens, 20, NFA, has been found guilty of two counts of payment for sexual services of a child. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying class A drugs (cocaine and heroin). He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
Liban Abdi, AKA Leftback, 21, NFA, has been found guilty of two counts of payment for sexual services of a child. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying class A drugs (cocaine and heroin). He was sentenced to 13 years and eight months imprisonment.
Abdulahi Aden, AKA Trigger, 20, NFA, has been found guilty of one count of rape. He admitted two counts of being concerned in supplying a class A drug (cocaine and heroin) and two counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child. He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
Mustafa Deria, 22, NFA, has been found guilty of one count of rape. He was sentenced to seven years and six months imprisonment.
Trial 2 (yet to be sentenced)
Mohamed Jumale, AKA Dec, 24, of Allfoxton Road, Eastville, has been found guilty of one count of rape, seven counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of aiding/abetting/procuring sexual activity with a child.
Mohamed Dahir, AKA Kamal, 22, Lansdown Court, Easton, has been found guilty of one count of causing/inciting child prostitution.
Said Zakaria, AKA Target, 22, of Seymour Road, Easton, has been found guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of trafficking within the UK.
Jusef Abdirizak, AKA Starns, 20, of Hither Bath Bridge, Brislington, has been found guilty of one count of rape.
Omar Jumale, aged 20, NFA, has been found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child.
Abdirashid Abdulahi, AKA Abs, 21, of River Street, St Paul’s, has been found guilty of one count of rape.
One nonce who had sex with multiple victims told the court at his trial that sharing girls for sex “was part of Somali culture” and “a religious requirement”.
Sakariya Sheikh, AKA Zac, 21, of Howard House, Barton Hill, has been found guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child.
Details of the first case, which happened in 2013, can only now be reported after legal restrictions were lifted
Thirteen men have been convicted of a string of child sex crimes in Bristol involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls.
Bristol Crown Court heard one victim, aged 16, was assaulted by five Somali men after she was moved to the city while in the care of another authority.
Her 14-year-old sister was raped by a member of the gang while visiting her.
The inquiry led to police uncovering another gang of Somali origin who had been abusing four other girls.
The four teenagers were paid £30 or given drugs, alcohol and gifts to perform sex acts on older men from the Somali community.
‘Shocked and shaken’
The court heard some were persuaded to have sex with other gang members as they were told by the gang it was Somali “culture and tradition” and “men always have sex with each other’s girlfriends”.
One 13-year-old victim was raped four times by three different men in a Premier Inn in Bristol city centre.
A statement from the Bristol Somali community said: “The community is deeply shocked and shaken by the outcome of this case. They are unforgivable acts of cruelty against the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Other gang members will be sentenced on Friday
The thirteen men, all from Bristol, were convicted of charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, facilitating child prostitution, trafficking and paying for the sexual services of a child.
Six were jailed following a trial during the summer. The remaining seven were convicted on Wednesday.
Details of the two cases – which found grooming and abuse dating back to 2011 – can only now be revealed after reporting restrictions were lifted.
The first trial centred on a group of drug dealers from the Easton area and their exploitation of primarily one teenage girl.
She had been moved into a flat on her own in the city and left almost unsupervised by social workers from outside the area.
The second trial focused on another group of young men and their grooming and subsequent sexual abuse of young girls.
Some of the abuse took place at a city centre Premier Inn hotel
Tried in July and sentenced for up to 13 years in jail:
- Mustapha Farah, 21, Liban Abdi, 22, and Arafat Osman, 20, were each jailed for 13 years for paying for the sexual services of a child and supplying Class A drugs
- Abdulahi Aden, 20, was jailed for 13 years for rape and supplying Class A drugs
- Mustafa Deria, 22, was found guilty of rape and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years
- Idleh Osman, 22, was jailed for 10 years for facilitating child prostitution and supplying Class A drugs
Tried in November and due to be sentenced on Friday:
- Sakariah Sheik, 21, Abdirashid Abdulahi, 21, and Jusuf Abdirizak, 20, were found guilty of rape
- Mohamed Dahir, 22, was found guilty of causing child prostitution
- Omar Jumale, 20, was found guilty of having sex with a child
- Said Zakaria, 22 was found guilty of rape and having sex with a child
- Mohamed Jumale, age 24, was found guilty of sex with a child
Crying under a sink
Speaking in July, Judge Michael Roach said the gang took “considerable advantage” of the 16-year-old sister who had been moved to Bristol by a council, which cannot be named in order to protect her identity.
“I hope there will be an opportunity for the authorities to reconsider their thinking behind such a placement because it has, on any retrospective view, added considerably to the damage of that young person,” he said.
The teenager had been ordered by a court to live outside her home area and was placed in “supported living accommodation”.
Social workers had “very real concerns” about her and tried to persuade her to leave but “she refused to”.
The abused girl’s five-month ordeal ended when police went to her flat looking for her sister who had been reported missing.
The 14-year-old sibling was found crying in a cupboard under the kitchen sink in just her underwear.
“One of the women police officers went to speak to her and she said that one of the men had forced himself on her, he had raped her,” prosecutor Anna Vigars said in court.
Her 16-year-old sister told investigating officers that she once had sex with a man who later refused to pay.
She told officers she did not want to argue and that “half the time I didn’t really want it for the money” and that “sometimes it’s just nice to be close to someone”.
An independent serious case review into her care is now being carried out.
Gang members booked a room at a Bristol hotel where a 13-year-old girl was raped by three men
Thirteen men have been convicted of a string of child sex abuse crimes following the discovery of two child sex rings in Bristol.
The revelations have shocked the local community. But how did police uncover the crimes? And how do these damaging relationships begin?
The concrete monolith of Bristol’s Premier Inn hotel, at the foot of the M32 motorway, towers above the city centre.
Inside the imposing structure, in December 2012, a 13-year-old girl was raped by three men.
The discovery of that event set in motion a police investigation that uncovered a two-year catalogue of child sexual abuse by Somali men in the city.
The intelligence-led operation was assisted by members of the Somali community and vulnerable victims, who showed “remarkable courage” coming forward to police.
One of those convicted for abusing multiple victims told the court at his trial that sharing girls for sex “was part of Somali culture” and “a religious requirement”.
One of the victims was attacked under a bridge in Bristol
Following the convictions, Bristol Somali Forum they were “deeply shocked and shaken” by the revelations in case.
In a statement they described the events as: “unforgivable acts of cruelty against the most vulnerable members of our community”.
It added: “The Muslim communities in Bristol would like to make it absolutely clear we wholeheartedly condemn these dreadful evil acts.
“It is right and appropriate that those responsible, and found guilty through our judiciary process are punished to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of who they are.”
The children’s charity Barnardo’s claimed the discovery of the crimes is “only the tip of the iceberg”.
The organisation has seen more than 90 people in the past six months who are either victims or at high risk of becoming victims of child sex crimes at their Bristol office.
Regional director Hugh Sherriffe said he believed as people became more vigilant to sex crimes “we’ll see more and more of this”.
He added the apparently high number showed the city is “very aware of child sexual exploitation issues”.
Esther Keller from Bristol charity Kid’s Company, which supported one of the victims, agrees, and believes child sexual abuse in the city is “probably more widespread than even we realise”.
“And after this court case other girls might pluck up the courage and say ‘it happened to me as well’,” she said.
She believes a lot of the abuse is hidden and many of the victims are not realising they are in a situation “that’s not really very savoury”.
Hugh Sherriffe from Barnardos has warned the crimes may be the “tip of the iceberg”
“Many of the girls involved had some sort of attachment issues and were looking for somebody to care for and love them,” Ms Keller said.
“Within these relationships it takes a long time before the abuse begins. What the perpetrators are trying to do is to build up the trust with these girls.
“In the back of the perpetrator’s mind is always this desire to pounce as soon as they think they can.
“They [the girls] think they’re in a very loving, caring relationship for the rest of their lives and they can’t imagine that these men, that are so nice to them, are trying to abuse and exploit them.
“I’d urge parents… if your daughter comes home and they suddenly wear nice clothes and are given lots of gifts by some men, check out what this is about – particularly if they are very young.”
Ch Supt Julian Moss, head of Avon and Somerset Police’s CID department, described what officers found as “appalling, abhorrent crimes” against “vulnerable young children” and praised the victims’ “courage and strength”.
“Nobody should underestimate how difficult it has been for them to do that and I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to each one of them,” he said.