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Migrant sex gang jailed in UK

Judge John Bevan slammed the gang for failing to learn in English

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An immigrant gang jailed on Wednesday in the UK for raping and abusing young girls had failed to respect Britain, the prosecuting judge said.

“The combination of the crimes you have committed and your attitude to these crimes both in this country and this court bring discredit on all of you in the dock,” Judge John Bevan was reported as saying by UK newspaper Daily Mail.

The gang, consisting of one Iraqi Kurd and four Roma men and a boy, was found by the court to have raped and sexually assaulted five girls aged as young as 12.

Despite having lived legally in the country for several years, the gang members had failed to learn English, meaning that costly interpreters had to be provided for the case - adding to the British taxpayer’s bill, according to Bevan.

“The fact is that the defendants all came to this country with their families between five and ten years ago and the majority are still teenagers,” the judge said.

Language difficulties

“The acquisition of a new language is not difficult if you put your mind to it. They have not attempted to learn the language of the country of their choice.”

Iraqi Kurd drug dealer Hassan Abdulla, 33, described by the judge as a “dangerous predatory pedophile,” was jailed for 20 years for four rapes and three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The gang’s 18-year-old Roma boss, Zdeno Mirga, received a 16-and-a-half year sentence, while another, Renato Balog, also 18, will serve for 12.

The youngest member of the gang, who is only 14 and cannot be named for legal reasons, received a six-month youth rehabilitation order for engaging in sexual activity with a child.

The prison sentences received by the gang make up a total of 54 years in prison.