A three-man grooming gang from Oxford has been sentenced to life in prison after their victim has spoken out about how they groomed, drugged, and raped her when she was just a vulnerable 14-year-old schoolgirl.
Anjum Dogar, Bassam Karrar, and Mohammed Karrar approached the “lonely, friendless” girl when she was 14 years old with one goal in mind.
The three men began grooming the girl and took her to parties where they got her drunk and drugged before taking advantage of her and demanding sexual acts.
The victim, who was lonely and vulnerable at the time, was deceived by the men into thinking that they were her real friends.
According to the girl, who is now 30 years old, she didn’t recognize that she was being sexually abused due to their devious grooming campaign.
The abuse reached its peak as the gang put the victim in a state of being comatose during one of their get-togethers. When the girl woke up, she realized that the men inflicted serious injuries to her body and made her pregnant while she was unconscious.
While the abuse went on for three years from 2002 to 2005, the woman only spoke out and reported the case in 2015.
In only 5 hours, the jury found all three members of the gang guilty of rape, indecent assault, and conspiracy to rape. They were all sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 10 years for Bassam, 18 years for Mohammed, and 20 years for Dogar.
Speaking of their despicable actions, Mark Glover, Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit’s Senior investigating officer, said:
“These men’s behavior was predatory, callous and designed purely to sexually exploit a vulnerable teenage girl.
“She put her trust in them at a time when she felt lonely and friendless. These men pretended to be her friends when in fact they only wanted to subject her to sexual abuse.
“Their grooming of her was so elaborate that the victim did not realize that she had been groomed until many years later. It is thanks to her courage in talking to police officers and giving evidence during the trial, that these men have been sentenced for their crimes.
“I know the effect that their actions have had on the victim, and the effect they continue to have on her life and relationships. I hope that their sentencing will help her to continue to move on her with her life.
“Grooming and sexual abuse destroy lives. If you have been a victim of abuse, even if it did not happen recently, please come forward and report it.
“Thames Valley Police will always take your reports seriously, will offer you support and will carry out investigations wherever possible in order to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.”
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