At least the justice system seems to be working in this particular case.
From the Manchester Evening News
“Nine men who were part of a child sex ring have been refused leave to appeal against their convictions and jail sentences.
The sex offenders were part of a gang who received jail sentences of between four and 19 years from a judge who said they treated their victims ‘as though they were worthless’.
The paedophile gang operated in and around Rochdale in 2008 and 2009.
The five girl victims – aged between 13 and 15 – were given alcohol, food and money in return for sex but there were times when violence was used.
Police said the victims were from ‘chaotic’, ‘council estate’ backgrounds and as many as 50 girls could have been victims of the gang. The men now have two weeks during which they can renew their application for permission to appeal.
Shabir Ahmed, 60, – the man regarded as the ringleader – was jailed for a total of 19 years for conspiracy, two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape, sexual assault and a count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Takeaway worker Kabeer Hassan, 26, from Oldham, was jailed for nine years for rape and three years, concurrently, for the conspiracy conviction. Abdul Aziz, 42, was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy and nine years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Married father-of-five Abdul Rauf, 44, was jailed for six years for conspiracy and six years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Mohammed Sajid, 36, was sentenced to 12 years for rape, six years for conspiracy, one year for trafficking and six years, all concurrent, for sexual activity with a child.
Adil Khan, 43, was sentenced to eight years for conspiracy and eight, concurrently, for trafficking.
Mohammed Amin, 46, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy and 12 months, concurrently, for sexual assault.
Abdul Qayyum, 45, was jailed for five years for conspiracy. All six men were from Rochdale.
Illegal immigrant Hamid Safi, 23, of no fixed address, was jailed for four years for conspiracy and one year, concurrently, for trafficking.”
Let’s hope that any further attempts to appeal convictions and sentences will continue to be refused. When I see cases like this it makes me wonder if the lawyers who continue to represent such beasts after their conviction in cases like these have any conscience or internal moral compass at all?