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Aylesbury child sex abuse trial: Men jailed for abusing schoolgirls

Aylesbury defendants found guilty Image copyright Thames Valley
Image caption Clockwise from top left: Vikram Singh, Akbari Khan, Asif Hussain, Mohammed Imran, Taimoor Khan and Arshad Jani were all found guilty

Six men who groomed vulnerable under-age girls for sex "for the price of a McDonald's, a milkshake and cinema ticket" have been jailed.

The Old Bailey heard the abuse in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, involved multiples rapes, child prostitution and administering substances to "stupefy".

The men, from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and Bradford, abused the two schoolgirls between 2006 and 2012.

Most were given long prison sentences - the longest being 19-and-a-half years.

The jailed men are:

  • Vikram Singh, 46, of Cannock Road, Aylesbury, jailed for 17-and-a-half years after being found guilty of four counts of rape and administering a substance with intent
  • Asif Hussain, 33, of Hodge Lea, Milton Keynes, jailed for 13-and-a-half years after being convicted of three counts of rape
  • Arshad Jani, 33, of Cousins Drive, Aylesbury, sentenced to 13 years in prison after being found guilty of rape and conspiracy to rape
  • Mohammed Imran, 38, of Springcliffe Street, Bradford, sentenced to 19-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of three counts of rape, one count of conspiracy to rape and one count of child prostitution
  • Akbari Khan, 36, of Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of rape, administering a substance with intent and conspiracy to rape
  • Taimoor Khan, 29, of Highbridge Road, Aylesbury, jailed for three years after being convicted of one count of sexual activity with a child

The offences, which all the defendants denied any involvement in, took place in cars, vans, flats and sometimes the girls' homes in Aylesbury, their trial heard.

Legal action

The court heard evidence from both victims, who came from troubled backgrounds and were befriended by the men who gave them alcohol, DVDs, food and occasionally drugs.

When she was 12 or 13, one of the girls - known as A - was passed between 60 Asian men for sex and had been conditioned to think it was normal behaviour, the jury was told.

The girls started to believe the men, some of whom were married with children, were their boyfriends.

Image caption Repeatedly excluded from school, Child A spent a lot of her time around Aylesbury Market

Referring to girl A, judge John Bevan QC said that "for the price of a McDonald's, a milkshake and cinema ticket, she became 'liked' by stall holders in Aylesbury market, taxi and bus drivers".

"Why these defendants focused their attention on white under-age girls is unexplained but I have no doubt vulnerability played a substantial part in it," he said.

"If they pursued Asian under-age girls, they would have paid a heavy price in their community."

In a statement, girl A spoke of her feelings of "worthlessness" as she battled depression and alcohol addiction, adding: "I feel my teenage years were taken away from me."

The second girl - known as B - said today's sentencing was "academic" because "no sentence could ever put right what happened".

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Image caption Six of the 11 defendants on trial at the Old Bailey were found guilty

Alan Collins, solicitor for girl B, said they would be taking legal action against Buckinghamshire County Council for its "negligence" which "resulted in the unnecessary suffering of these victims".

David Johnston, children's services director at the council, said it was "determined to do everything we can to stamp out all forms of sexual abuse in Buckinghamshire", urging other victims of abuse to come forward.

The authority declined to comment on the legal claims.

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