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Pair jailed for child sex crimes

March 2, 2013, 2:40 pm

Two men who plied a 14-year-old girl with drink and drugs in exchange for sex have today been jailed.

Adeeb Sultan, 27, from Wright Road in Alum Rock was sentenced to five years behind bars and Raja Khan, 23, from Beechfield Avenue in Sparkbrook was jailed for 10 years for their “despicable” actions, which included attempting to induce the girl to perform a sex act on a taxi driver so that the men could secure a reduced fare.

The crimes date back to early July 2011 when Sultan started talking to the teenager and her friend on Alum Rocks Reginald Road.

“Sultan offered the girls, who were missing from home, the chance to hang out with him and his friends,” said Detective Constable Amy Bates from the forces Public Protection Department.

“The pair went with him and began drinking vodka on the nearby canal towpath. Sometime later, she was twice raped by a man on the Dudderston Mill Road canal with Sultan facilitating the attack.”

Over the course of five days, Sultan formed an abusive sexual relationship with the young girl who was given alcohol and drugs. In return, she was raped by Khan, and abused by other unidentified men.

In the frenzied attack, in which she was punched in the face, Khan said that if she didnt agree to have sex, her friend would be raped instead.

Despite horrific injuries, the brave girl managed to run away and was taken to the safety of Stechford police station by a passing motorist.

Following hospital treatment, the girl identified Khan as her attacker. He was also captured on CCTV in the area at the time of the original attack on 10 July 2011. When interviewed, he claimed to have been on the phone to his girlfriend, watching TV and playing on his Playstation at the time of the offences.

Sultan was identified by the girl by his nickname, Dibbs, which officers in the forces Intelligence Department researched and established was attached to Sultan. This was confirmed when Sutlans DNA was matched to DNA evidence found on the victim.

Despite the compelling evidence, he maintained that the child had told him she was 16 and had agreed to intercourse.

“Sultan and Khans crimes are truly despicable,” added DC Bates.

“The pair deliberately targeted a vulnerable child and sought to exploit her for their own sexual gratification and criminal gain.

“Their offences were truly sickening and have left an indelible mark on their victim.

“Despite her own personal trauma, the girl had the courage to report the matter to the police. She put her fears to one side to provide a comprehensive statement, pick her attackers out in an identification parade and then go on to provide detailed evidence in court.

“Her strength of character is to be commended − particularly for someone so young. I wish her well on her road to recovery.”

In addition to the jail sentences, Sultan was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years and Khan was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Both were also made the subject of a Sex Offenders Prevention Order for 10 years – preventing them from having contact with girls under the age of 16, and they were both disqualified from working with children.

The childs friend who was with her over the course of the five day ordeal would not disclose any criminal offences to officers.

On 24 January 2013 Adeeb Sultan was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and causing/inciting sexual activity with a child, while Raja Khan was found guilty of rape and actual bodily harm.

The pair were found guilty following a seven-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

West Midlands Police have officers specially trained in supporting victims of sexual offences regardless of gender of age while the force works alongside health professionals and charities to ensure the highest standards of care.

Victims of all ages can be offered a range of measures to protect their anonymity when providing evidence in court.

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