Asian sex grooming gang ringleader who branded judge a ‘racist bastard’ is sentenced to 19 years in prison as gang are jailed for total of 77 years.
- Judge says nine-strong gang partly preyed on five girls, aged between 13 and 15, because they were from different ‘community and religion’
- Judge Gerald Clifton dismisses defendants’ claims that prosecution was ‘triggered by race’
- But legal counsel for one of the convicted men says he will launch an appeal on the basis of a tweet by BNP leader Nick Griffin
- Opportunity to catch the paedophiles missed after complaint four years ago
- As many as 47 vulnerable girls were plied with alcohol, gifts and money
- They were then passed around for sex with ‘several men a day’
- At least one victim forced to have sex with 20 men in one night, police say
- Former Labour MP Ann Cryer says gang were left to it because police feared being branded racist
- Muslim leader warns that some British Pakistani men ‘think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought’
- Labour MP Keith Vaz warns against opening Pandora’s Box over race relations by blaming a particular race or religion for grooming girls
Detectives are now preparing to make more arrests after they revealed they suspect up to 50 mainly Pakistani-born men took part in the abuse.
But despite the judge’s hard-hitting comments, police in Greater Manchester continued to insist that the men’s race and religion were not factors in their crimes.
Yesterday senior politicians clashed over the case – with one former Labour MP claiming police and social workers ignored complaints because they were ‘petrified of being called racist’.
With experts on paedophilia insisting street grooming by Muslim men was a real problem, the judge made it clear he believed religion was a factor.
He jailed the 59-year-old ringleader for 19 years and eight other men for between four and 12 years, telling them they had treated their victims ‘as though they were worthless and beyond all respect’.
He added: ‘I believe one of the factors which led to that is that they were not of your community or religion.’
But he branded outbursts by some of the men claiming the prosecution was racially-motivated ‘nonsense’, telling them they found themselves in the dock because of their ‘lust and greed’.