Rochdale grooming victim reveals: “I thought sex beasts who abused me loved me” in devastating first interview.
Speaking out for the first time, the girl was abused by predators who plied her with vodka and cannabis
A victim of one of Rochdale’s sex grooming gangs has told of the vile abuse she suffered at the hands of a string of predatory men.
Speaking out for the first time, the girl, known only as Lily, was abused from the age of 11 by older men who plied her with vodka and cannabis.
The vulnerable youngster, who went into foster care at the age of nine, has revealed how she believed the men who were abusing her loved her.
She said at one time she wanted to have children with one of the men, but he was violent and raped her, the Manchester Evening News reports.
She was just 11 the first time she was abused but believed it was a real relationship.
Lily, now aged in her 20s, said: “He took me to his family’s BBQ. He gave me a drink and then took me into this bedroom and he started kissing me in there.
“I felt really good because it was the first time I’d felt loved.”
Aged 15, she met Congolese refugee Freddie Kendakumana, 27.
She recalled: “We used to talk about the future. He said he wanted kids with me and I said I wanted kids with him. As we got more and more into the relationship, he’d become violent and started hitting me. One night he tried sleeping with me and I said No. And then he didn’t take no for an answer.”
In July, 2009, still aged 15, another sex groomer, takeaway worker Roheez Khan, 27, began to prey on the teenager.
She moved away from Rochdale and it was only then she began to see herself as a victim of sexual abuse.
“I had time to reflect on things and I thought this isn’t right. This is wrong,” she said.
But when she returned Khan subjected her terrifying intimidation. “He’d smash my windows. He’d make threats,” she recalled.
She went to the police in 2008 but detectives concluded her information was ‘intelligence’ rather than evidence for a prosecution.
The investigation was resurrected following the jailing of a gang of mostly Pakistani-heritage men men for the sexual grooming of a string of white Rochdale girls in 2012.
In 2013, Khan, of Rochdale, was jailed for six-and-a-half years after he was convicted of sexual activity with a child and witness intimidation.
Kendakumana, of Rochdale, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years after he was convicted of rape and sexual activity with a child.
Three other men who abused Lily were also jailed.
Lily’s story is told in Sunday night’s episode of Crimes That Shook Britain on the Crime + Investigation channel at 9pm.
Five men jailed for grooming Rochdale girl
20 December 2013
(clockwise from top left): Freddie Kendakumana, Roheez Khan, Chola Chansa, Abdul Huk and Mohammed Rafiq Abubaker
Five men have been jailed after an investigation into the sexual abuse of a girl was reopened following the exposure of police failings.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) apologised in November to the girl, who was sexually exploited as a 15-year-old by five men from Rochdale.
The victim, now 20, told police in 2008 Freddie Kendakumana, 27, raped her but he was not charged until October 2012.
He received the longest sentence, of up to eight and a half years.
The court heard Kendakumana bought the victim vodka and she would spend time with him and his friends at his flat in Falinge.
‘Court process horrible’
He was frequently violent and abusive towards her and raped her in his bedroom.
In a statement, the victim said giving evidence was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through”.
She said: “It’s only now that I have a proper long-term boyfriend that I truly understand what a proper relationship is and how I should be treated.
“A boyfriend isn’t someone that buys me alcohol, has sex with me and then leaves, until next time.
“The court process was horrible and degrading and at times so upsetting and stressful that I just wanted my whole life to end.”
The sentencing comes on the same day Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children’s Board published a report highlighting how a range of agencies, including police, showed a “shocking” inability to protect seven vulnerable girls from sexual exploitation.
The latest case was reopened after GMP’s sexual crime unit highlighted failings with the initial investigation as part of Operation Span, which took a fresh look at allegations from other under-age girls in the Rochdale area.
At Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, Chola Chansa, 33, of Illminster, Rochdale, was sentenced to five years after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child.
Abdul Huk, 37, of Ouldfield Close, Rochdale, and Mohammed Rafiq Abubaker, 25, of Freehold, Rochdale, were found guilty of sexual activity with a child and were jailed for four years and two and a half years respectively.
Roheez Khan, 27, of Ashfield Road, Rochdale, was jailed for six and a half years after he was convicted of sexual activity with a child and witness intimidation.