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Gang who violently raped prostitutes in Bradford are locked up
5:10pm Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
A group of eastern European men who violently gang raped Bradford prostitutes, including a victim of the Crossbow Cannibal, have been locked up for a total of 36 years.
A judge today urged the Home Office to make sure the gang were not able to return to the UK when they are deported back to their home country.
Slovakians Jan Dzudzka, 40, Matus Tipan, 28, and Miroslav Karicka, 45, were part of a group whose aim was to pick up girls from the street for their sexual gratification, knowing that violence was likely to be used against the women, Bradford Crown Court heard.
They were extradited from Slovakia by West Yorkshire Police last year and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rape.
Their victims included Suzanne Blamires - who in May 2010 was murdered by Stephen Griffiths.
Judge Benson, sentencing all three defendants to 12 years imprisonment, said it was a “joint enterprise of a most despicable nature. “ Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley, who led the investigation, said after the case: “Those who involve themselves in such crimes in West Yorkshire and then flee abroad can be confident of one thing only, that they will be pursued and brought back to the United Kingdom to face justice."