Newcastle Trial – 17 men and one woman convicted 

Police paid a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where they believed underage girls would be sexually abused, a court has heard.

A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution, in a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court.

During the trials, it was heard that Northumbria Police recruited a sex offender years after he drugged an underage girl and invited another man to rape her after he had done so.

The convict, who can only be named as XY, was tasked to assist the force with its investigation into child sexual exploitation in Newcastle.

Northumbria police chief constable Steve Ashman said he would “not rule out” using a convicted rapist to aid an investigation again.

He said “we have safeguarded vulnerable women and girls” and “dangerous men are behind bars” because of the information gathered using the convicted rapist.

Mr Ashman said: “We have to step into a murky, dangerous and shadowy world and the people who are going to provide us with that information which will protect victims – it’s not the post-master or the district nurse.”

He went on to say: “We were absolutely entitled to do what we did. The question that remains is a moral one, was it right to do that.”

Subsequent trials, which until now were unreportable, have heard girls were groomed by men who gave them cannabis, alcohol and the designer drug Mkat at parties, then encouraged them into having sex.

Police said they found 278 victims and over the course of four trials 20 young women gave evidence.

Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and mainly British-born, with most living in the west end of Newcastle.

Newcastle Crown Court heard underage girls were given drugs and alcohol

During pre-trial hearings, defence barristers argued the cases of more than 10 men should be thrown out due to the informant’s involvement.

Robin Patton, representing one of the defendants, said the public’s confidence in the justice system would be “substantially diminished” if they knew police had recruited “such an individual”.

David Hislop QC, representing another defendant, said XY had 13 previous convictions, including 26 offences of dishonesty.

It was heard that after his recruitment, the informant was arrested after a teenage girl claimed a man approached her and made an indecent proposition.

He was later told he would face no action after he took part in an identity parade.

During legal submissions, XY gave evidence to the court and made a series of lurid allegations against the police, including claims of racism and that he was asked to plant drugs.

He claimed he was recruited because he acted as an informal taxi driver for some of the defendants and “had to make it look like I was their friend”.

Judge Penny Moreland rejected his evidence in its entirety, describing it as “inherently unreliable” and “clearly dishonest”.

In a statement, the NSPCC said it was “appalled” Northumbria Police recruited a convicted child rapist as an informant.

“It beggars belief that it would ever have been considered, let alone approved, and serious questions must be asked about the force’s approach to child sexual exploitation operations,” it said.

“However good the force’s intentions, their misguided actions run entirely counter to all current child protection procedures and what we know about sex offenders and could have compromised this investigation.

http://news.sky.com/story/child-rapist-paid-10k-to-act-as-police-informant-10981000

 


Some spoke of being “too intoxicated” to defend themselves, while others became addicted and had to commit sexual acts in return for drugs.

One victim said she had attended about 60 parties and another told of going to an address where there were two older men and a woman, who seemed “frightened and scared, like a slave”.

She said: “They told us what she would do for them for money and drugs or she’d get battered.”

Another victim said: “I knew that if we wanted drugs or alcohol we would have to do something.

“[He] had us too intoxicated to fight him off. One time, [he] locked the door. I was told I would only be allowed out if I had sex.”

Northumbria Police set up Operation Sanctuary in December 2013 to investigate claims of sexual abuse against girls and young women.

The investigation is ongoing and to date has resulted in 461 arrests. Police have spoken to 703 potential complainants and 278 victims have been identified

Graphic of where attacks took place.

The victims were abused at addresses around the West End of Newcastle.

Due to its size, the investigation was split into a number of spin-off operations.

Operation Shelter uncovered groups of men in the West End of Newcastle – many of whom were known to each other – who exploited vulnerable young women and girls over a period from 2010 to 2014.

This eventually led to four separate trials, the first commencing in September 2015 and the final one which has just concluded, allowing previous reporting restrictions to be lifted.

Sarah (not her real name) was 19, extremely vulnerable and unable to look after herself.

Along with other at-risk teenagers she was regularly abused by older men.

In the new year of 2014, Sarah told the police she had been raped by Abdul Minoyee.

A police officer took Sarah on a tour of the West End to try identify Minoyee’s house and car and other places where these “parties” had taken place.

Sarah’s information was a red flag – the abuse was on a much bigger scale.

The detective in charge of Sarah’s case told his bosses that what she had said signalled something much bigger.

Days later the officer’s hunch was given added weight when two girls in care reported that they had been repeatedly raped by a group of older Asian men.

The girls were aged 14 and 15.

They described being driven into Newcastle where they were plied with alcohol and cocaine before being raped and beaten by several men.

They were given money before being returned home.

One of the victims was in local authority care at the time. Newcastle City Council has launched a serious case review that is due to be published in December.

Council leader Nick Forbes said: “These were vile crimes committed by evil men.

“The victims … have been brave beyond belief and undoubtedly have made our city safer.”

Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “We have not and will not stop.

“There has been no political correctness here..

These are criminals and there has been no hesitation in arresting them and targeting them using all the means at our disposal.”

Now that reporting restrictions can be lifted, it can be revealed that a police officer was sacked for failing to investigate a sex offender’s phone.

It related to an earlier Operation Sanctuary investigation, which resulted in the conviction of Bahmani Ahmadi.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-32852928

Mr Ashman said the officer should have been much more diligent, and that his dismissal should provide reassurance that the police culture in Northumbria had changed.

 

🅾️Those convicted are:

🅾️Nashir Uddin, aged 35, pleaded guilty to three counts of drug possession and four counts of drug supply. Convicted of one count of sexual assault, one count of allowing a premises to be used for drug supply and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Saiful Islam, aged 35, convicted of one count of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Yasser Hussain, aged 28, convicted of one count of allowing a premises to be used for drug supply, one count of assault by beating, one count of intimidation and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain. He has been sentenced to two years in prison. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Mohammed Azram, aged 35, pleaded guilty to five charges of drug supply, convicted of one sexual assault, and convicted of one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Jahangir Zaman, aged 44, convicted of one count of drug supply, one count of rape and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Mohammed Hassan Ali, aged 34, pleaded guilty to one count of drug supply. Convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of drug possession with intent to supply. Sentenced to seven years in prison. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Badrul Hussain, aged 37, convicted of three counts of drug supply and three counts of allowing a premises to be used for the supply of drugs. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Abdul Sabe, aged 40, pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession. Convicted of one count of conspiring to sexually assault, one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation, two counts of drug supply and one count of conspiring to incite prostitution for gain. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Mohibur Rahman, aged 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of drug supply and two counts of allowing a premises to be used for the supply of drugs. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Habibur Rahim, aged 34, pleaded guilty to one count of drug supply and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution. Convicted of one count of rape, six counts of drug supply, three counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, one count of human trafficking and two counts of conspiring to incite prostitution for gain. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Carol Ann Gallon, aged 22, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking. She will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Abdulhamid Minoyee, aged 34, pleaded guilty to one count of drug supply. Convicted of one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Taherul Alam, aged 32, convicted of two counts of drug supply, one count of attempted sexual assault, one count of allowing a premises to be used for the supply of drugs and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Monjur Choudhury, aged 33, convicted of one count of drug supply, one count of allowing a premises to be used for the supply of drugs and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Nadeem Aslam, aged 43, pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession. Convicted of two counts of drug supply, one count of drug possession and one count of allowing a premises to be used for the supply of drugs. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Prabhat Nelli, aged 33, convicted of two counts of drug supply and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Eisa Mousavi, aged 42, convicted of three counts of rape, two counts of drug supply, one count of allowing a premises to be used for the supply of drugs and one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution. He will be sentenced at a later date. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️Redwan Siddique, age 32, pleaded guilty to one count of drug supply and sentenced to 16 months in prison. Pictured below ⬇️

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🅾️What happened?

Robin Patton, representing one of the defendants, said XY was paid £9,680 over 21 months by Northumbria Police for informing.

Mr Patton argued that XY was subject to a suspended sentence when he was deployed by police in 2014 and said police claimed they carried out a risk assessment, but that the “very next day” after he was recruited, XY was in court for a dishonesty offence.

After he was recruited, XY was arrested in September 2015 on suspicion of inciting sexual activity with a child after a teenage girl claimed a man approached her and made an indecent proposition.

After taking part in an identity parade, XY was told he would face no further action.

XY, who was on the Sex Offenders’ Register, also failed to notify police he had moved house, Mr Patton said.

Mr Patton said: “I have tried to think of convictions that make him less suitable to act as a CHIS in an operation of this sort… I have not been able to.”

David Hislop QC, representing another defendant, said XY had 13 previous convictions, including 26 offences of dishonesty.

During the legal submissions, XY gave evidence to the court and made a series of lurid allegations against the police, including claims of racism and that he was asked to plant drugs.

But Judge Penny Moreland rejected his evidence in its entirity, describing it as “inherently unreliable” and “clearly dishonest”.

In the ensuing trials of the gang, XY did not give any evidence.

XY claimed he was recruited because he acted as an informal taxi driver for some of the defendants.

“I would get to know where they pick up their drugs, where the parties were,” he said.

At another point, he claimed: “I was chilling with the boys. I had to make it look like I was their friend.”

Giving evidence from behind a screen, and with the public gallery cleared, XY said he had been a paid informant for six or seven years.

He told the abuse of process hearing that police tasked him “to find out what was going on in the area, when parties were taking place, where there was criminal activity”.

“There were certain individuals they were very interested in, which I was close to,” he said.

“When I worked for Sanctuary I actually believed I was doing good. I never, ever thought it was bad. I enjoyed it.”

During one trial at Newcastle Crown Court in 2015, he claimed he was encouraged by a police handler to listen in on private meetings between defendants and their legal representatives.

He claimed at one point to have discovered a barrister had a crucial DVD containing evidence, and when he mentioed it to his handlers he was given a “standing ovation”.

As well as receiving money, police informants were given “texts” – secret letters that could be put before a judge if they were convicted of an offence to gain a more lenient sentence.

XY claimed he was told the text he would receive for the DVD information was “gold, silver, bronze… diamond” and that the text “comes from high up”.

Operation Shelter became one of the biggest investigations in the history of the Northumbria Police force.

Judge Moreland turned down the abuse of process application, ordering that the trials of the defendants should not be thrown out.

XY did not give evidence in any of the Operation Sanctuary trials.

Judge Moreland added: “I do not regard myself as bound to act on evidence which is so inherently unreliable, so lacking in credibility and in my view so clearly dishonest.”

She also found that there was no evidence that XY was guilty of any sexual misconduct towards any complainants in the cases.

XY had told the court he went to one or two parties but left “because I knew what was coming, before it was coming”.

🅾️What has Northumbria Police’s response been to the use of XY?

Northumbria Police have defended their decision to pay XY to spy on parties.

While the police knew “concerns were raised” about their use of XY to try and help them uncover sexual abuse, he helped them “prevent and detect some of the most serious crimes occurring in our communities” which “would not have been possible through conventional methods”, Northumbria Police Chief Constable Steve Ashman said.

He continued: “XY was an authorised Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS), an informant, who was able to report on criminality including CSE.

“He was a convicted rapist and to some of us the thought of the police engaging with such a person and paying them for information may appear repugnant, however he proved he was in a position whereby he could, and did, alert police to situations which allowed them to prevent offending and provide safeguarding measures towards potential victims.

“The lawful and regulated use of such tactics is always overseen by a senior police officer and is also subject to review by an independent body.

“Furthermore in this case the handling of XY by Northumbria Police was the subject of an independent investigation by the IPCC in which no misconduct was found nor any recommendations made whatsoever.

“In the case of XY it is clear that his relationships with others have allowed the police to prevent and detect some of the most serious crimes occurring in our communities, this would not have been possible through conventional methods.”

Chief Con Ashman – who is due to retire soon – added that the force’s use of XY was the subject of an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), “in which no misconduct was found nor any recommendations made whatsoever”.

Chief constable of Northumbria Police Steve Ashman defended his force’s decision to pay the informant and would do so again.
http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017-08-09/child-rapist-paid-10-000-by-police-to-watch-over-girls-at-parties-court-told/

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