Friday, 22 June 2012

The Rochdale Groomer who 'Could not be named'

At last, the face & name of the 'unknown' ringleader of the Rochdale grooming gang has finally been released.

Shabir Ahmed, 59, led child sex exploitation ring of nine men who targeted vulnerable young girls in Rochdale and Oldham

 He was jailed for 19 years last month following an 11-week trial

Ahmed - known to his victims by the nickname 'Daddy' - could not be named as he was awaiting trial on separate child rape charges

Face of Evil - Ahmed AKA (Daddy) - A real danger to young teenage girls

Shabir Ahmed, 59, was jailed last month but can only now be identified, after he was convicted of 30 more horrific rapes in a separate trial.

The divorced father-of-four, known as 'Daddy', was the ringleader of a group of men who preyed on dozens of young girls in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and then passed them around for sex.

If their victims did not submit they were plied with cheap vodka and raped.

Ahmed was one of nine Pakistani men jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for a total of 77 years last month for the horrific sex attacks.

The takeaway worker and former taxi driver was given a 19-year sentence for conspiracy, two rapes, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking.

But he could not be named because he was awaiting trial on separate child rape charges.

Yesterday he was convicted of 30 counts of rape by a jury at Manchester Crown Court and Judge Mushtaq Khokhar lifted reporting restrictions on naming him.

The court heard he repeatedly raped and sexually abused a young Asian girl for more than a decade, treating her as a 'possession' to use for his own sexual gratification.

Rachel Smith, prosecuting, said: 'She tried to make him stop, but it was to no avail. The defendant was a violent and controlling man.'

She said the victim, who cannot be named, was forced to submit to his vile sexual advances and the abuse happened on an almost weekly basis.

The girl, now an adult, says he destroyed her life and left her never wanting to get married or have sex.

She said she couldn't remember how old she was the first time Ahmed raped her, but she knew she was so young she still had to stand on a chair to reach the sink.

She said: 'I remember reading about that time the Roald Dahl book The BFG, and it described a person screaming and no sound came out – it was like that.'

The jury was told that the victim only plucked up the courage to report the rapes to police when an investigation was launched into the sex grooming scandal in Rochdale.

Ahmed, wearing a black tracksuit top, smirked as the jury returned the unanimous verdicts.

During the trial he had launched a series of tirades, including one in which he tried to blame Western society for allowing young girls to 'parade on the streets' where they could be preyed on by men like himself.

Ahmed, of Oldham, will be sentenced on August 2.

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