Ten years for child-abusing brothers who “preyed on vulnerability” of their victims

Two brothers who groomed and raped two girls aged 14 and 15 have been sent down for ten years. In all, Muhammad and Hashim Hussain were convicted for eight sex offences, described as “despicable and sickening” by the detective who brought them down. 

Following the conviction, one of the victims said she felt a “sigh of relief” the two abusers were being caged having “thought they were unbeatable”

“Honestly it gives me so much joy,” she added in a statement delivered after the two monsters’ convictions were handed down.

The second victim gave a more disturbing insight into the vile acts committed by the Hussain brothers. “They preyed on vulnerability,” she said. “I think they specifically picked on me and my friend because we were vulnerable and we didn’t appear to be the most strong-minded. We seemed like the type of people that you could pick on and I feel like that’s why they chose us.”

She defiantly warned the offenders and sick men of their ilk: “You are not going to just live in the shadows, one day you will be prosecuted.”

The brothers were sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court, Greater Manchester on Friday. Muhammad, 20, the younger of the two, was given six years for raping one of the girls in August 2016 and taking an indecent image of her later that year. He was also convicted of having sexually assaulted the second victim. A restraining order has been imposed in relation to the two girls, he is also required to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.  

Older brother Hashim, 24, received four years for two counts of taking an indecent image of a child and two counts of possessing an indecent image.

“This has been an immensely thorough investigation in order to bring Muhammad and Hashim Hussain to account for their despicable and sickening crimes, and it is a great relief that they are now to spend time behind bars,” said senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Ian Partington. 

“Our investigation team have worked tirelessly to secure today’s outcomes, but this would not have been possible had it not been for the courage and resilience of the victims to speak to police and pursue with the trial and to relive that abuse. Everyone in the team pays tribute to their unwavering bravery.

“I know that they believe the journey of the last three years in getting this case successfully through the courts has been worth it, and I join them in hoping that anyone else out there who’s a victim of abuse – whether it’s in Bury, Greater Manchester, or elsewhere in the country – to come forward and speak to police knowing that information will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Jo Lazzari of the CPS also paid tribute to the “brave” victims and urged other vulnerable young women to “expect respect for their body and not be subjected to unwanted and harmful sexual exploitation”. 

He added: “I sincerely hope the convictions of their abusers will go some way to helping these young women to rebuild their lives.” 

Lazzari also laid into the pervert brothers who “treated these young girls as objects for their own sexual gratification. They exploited their vulnerability without any thought to the devastating impact of the abuse on the girls’ lives.”

Victim one said: “It’s such a sigh of relief that they’re now behind bars. I actually did get my justice and I know it was a long process but it was so worth it. They (the brothers) always thought they were unbeatable and now they have been beat and I’m so happy with that, honestly it gives me so much joy.

“I know it’s hard and I know it’s scary and I know it’s a long process but speak up because it’ll be the best thing you ever do. Honestly, even if you just talk about it that gives you so much relief getting it off your shoulders and not keeping it to yourself.

“Even if you don’t want to take it to court, talking about it is so much of a relief it will honestly change your mental state and make you feel so much happier. Especially when you’ve not wanted to speak out it and then when you do talk about it and are believed it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Victim two finished her statement by saying: “They can’t continue to abuse people and get no consequences for it and I feel like they’ve made an example of themselves to anybody who was grooming because people are becoming more and more socially aware of the signs and know if it’s happening to them.

“It sets an example to people who are grooming that you are not going to just live in the shadows, one day you will be prosecuted. Whether it’s today or tomorrow, there will be someone knocking on your door asking why you assaulted children.”