Rotherham child abuse gang leader sentenced for continuing to rape girl | UK News

After the conviction of Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, another victim went to the police.

By Dylan Donnelly, news reporter


Friday 24 May 2024 23:11, United Kingdom

The ringleader of a gang that sexually exploited children in Rotherham has been convicted again, after a new victim came forward.

Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 42, was charged as part of Operation Stovewood, a series of investigations carried out after a huge scale of child sexual exploitation was identified in the South Yorkshire town.

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He was first imprisoned for 23 years. in 2018 for sexual crimes committed against three vulnerable victims between 1998 and 2005.

On Friday, Akhtar was re-sentenced for sexually abusing a victim between 2001 and 2003. The victim was between 13 and 14 years old at the time.

In October, he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault, one of each of which concerned multiple incidents that occurred over a two-year period.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, concurrent with his current sentence.

‘It makes her feel sick’

Sheffield Crown Court heard the victim, who was a “very vulnerable child living in difficult circumstances” at the time of the offences, came forward after Akhtar’s 2018 conviction appeared in the news.

Judge Sarah Wright said Akhtar targeted the boy in Rotherham. The court heard he called her to her car and gave her drugs and alcohol.

The girl had begun to disappear and stay away from her house.

Judge Wright told the court the girl had sexual activity with him four or five times a week for about a year in his car and in an apparently empty house in Rotherham.

He said that on one occasion, Akhtar and another man had intimidated the girl and another “clearly distressed and reluctant” victim into sexual activity.

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The court also heard the victim tell police in her interview that “when you walk down the street and you see someone who vaguely resembles the defendant, you feel bad.”

Michael Collins, mitigating, said Akhtar committed the offenses before marrying and having a child. He added that she Akhtar had mental health problems that “made incarceration more difficult.”

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During sentencing, Judge Wright said: “I commend the victim’s bravery in coming forward after all this time.

“Her childhood and adolescence can never be recovered, the effect that (Akhtar’s) offending had on her cannot be overestimated.”