Five members of a sadistic paedophile ring found guilty of grooming underage girls for sex were sentenced to life in prison today.
Brothers Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, and Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Bassam Karrar, 34, were handed the life terms alongside Kamar Jamil, 27.
Judge Peter Rook told the brothers they were “exceptionally grave crimes” as they were jailed for a minimum of 17 years.
The seven defendants, including a second set of brothers, were found guilty of a catalogue of offences against the vulnerable underage girls, including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution, last month.
Co-defendant Kamar Jamil, 27, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years.
The judge told him: “I accept that you were a follower rather than a leader, the leadership role was played by the Dogar brothers.”
But he said Jamil had joined in the group rape of one of the victims and accepted that he was a risk to girls aged 11 to 16.
The judge said the gang had targeted vulnerable girls, and said on occasions “the depravity was extreme”.
“You targeted the young girls because they were vulnerable, underage and out of control,” he said.