Ilkeston man among ten convicted as part of child abuse inquiry

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A man from Ilkeston is among ten men to be convicted of a range of serious sexual offences.

David Law, 46, of Cotmanhay Road, has been found guilty of conspiracy to rape.

It follows an investigation as part of the Operation Doublet inquiry into child sexual exploitation, mainly in Rochdale.

The men were convicted following trials at Minshull Street Crown Court, of offences which took place between 2004 and 2008, against eight victims who were aged between 13 and 23.

Greater Manchester Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Robert Potts, said: “Operation Doublet was launched following the 2011 investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and we identified a number of cases, which broadly took place between 2004 and 2008, across Greater Manchester where teenage girls were being sexually exploited by older men.

“Cases such as this one are extremely complex and take a lot of hard work to ensure they reach court. Understandably, victims can go through an array of emotions during the process but their welfare is the most important thing to us and they are always supported by specially trained officers.

“Today’s outcome belongs to the brave and courageous victims who have found the confidence to speak of their harrowing experiences. They’ve helped us to ensure that we can find those responsible for these horrific crimes and bring them to justice no matter how long has come to pass.”

The convicted men include:

Afraz Ahmed, 33, of Oswald Street, Rochdale, was found guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of conspiracy to rape, two counts of inciting sexual activity, five counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of Section 47 assault against five victims.

Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain, 38, of Mayfield Terrace, Rochdale, was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape against one victim.

Rehan Ali, 27, of Cleethorpes Avenue, Blackley, was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of rape against one victim.

Kutab Miah, 35, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of rape against one victim.

Mohammed Dauood, 38, of Leyland Road, Burnley, was found guilty of three counts of rape, one count of sexual activity with a child, one count of sexual assault and one count of Section 47 assault against two victims.

Abid Khan, 38, of Whitney Road, Liverpool, was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child against one victim.

Mohammed Zahid, 54, of Croxton Avenue, Rochdale, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child against one victim.

David Law, 46, of Cotmanhay Road, Ilkeston, was found guilty of conspiracy to rape against one victim.

Another defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of three counts of rape and attempted child abduction against three victims.

Mahfuz Rahman, 29, of HMP Garth, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and has already been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

The remaining defendants will be sentenced in April.

Hussain was convicted in his absence and is currently wanted by police. He is believed to be outside the United Kingdom.