Coventry & Warwickshire

Men who trafficked teens for sex jailed but 'rapist' still loose

Zoaeir Tamari, aged 20 (pictured left), and 27-year-old Lala Gul Utkhel Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption The driver made his way to a garage where they bought alcohol and cigarettes with which the men plied the girls as they drove around Coventry, police said

Two men who trafficked teenage girls who were sexually assaulted have been jailed but a suspected rapist is still on the loose, police say.

Zoaeir Tamari, of Lady Lane, and Lala Gul Utkhel, of Queen Mary's Road, both Coventry, were found guilty after a seven-day trial.

A 13 and 14-year-old girl were walking to a friend's house on 26 August when they were offered a lift, police said.

They accepted, were plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted, police said.

"What happened to these young girls could have a devastating impact on them for some time to come," Det Chief Insp Ian Green, from West Midlands Police's public protection unit, said.

The driver of the car - a blue Jaguar XJ8 - is still being sought by police for allegedly raping the 13-year-old girl in a flat above a pub.

Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Walikhan Sultan-Khal was last known to be living in the Foleshill area of Coventry, police said

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Walikhan Sultan-Khal, 25, who is known as Sultan, allegedly drove the girls around Coventry after picking them up in the early hours of the morning before taking them to the flat where they were assaulted.

Tamari, 20, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years for human trafficking for the purpose of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and five years for sexual assault to run consecutively.

The West Midlands force said he sexually assaulted both girls.

Utkhel, 27, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for human trafficking for the purpose of CSE.

The victims raised the alarm after they were driven back to the city centre, police said.

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