UPDATED: Two men jailed for raping underage girls after picking them up on Keighley's streets (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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UPDATED: Two men jailed for raping underage girls after picking them up on Keighley's streets
Two men have been jailed for drugging and raping vulnerable underage girls they found walking the streets in Keighley.
Shazad Rehman, 30, was jailed for 18-and-half years and Bilal Hussain, 23, was jailed for 17-and-a-half years at Bradford Crown Court.
Judge Jonathan Rose said the men "engaged in a course of conduct which has become increasingly and depressingly familiar in this country".
The pair denied abusing the girls, who were picked up as they cruised the streets of Keighley and Halifax.
A jury of eight men and two women found them guilty of a series of sex and drugs offences after two days of deliberation.
The court heard how Rehman and Hussain plied the girls with alcohol and cannabis and took them to hotels for sex.
Rehman referred to the girls as "fresh meat", the court heard.
Hussain, in a blue sweatshirt, wept with his head bowed in the dock, after he was convicted.
Rehman, in a casual grey top, remained impassive.
Rehman, 30, of no fixed address, was found guilty of raping two 14-year-old girls, one repeatedly.
He was also convicted of sexual assaulting a third underage girl and sexual activity with a child.
Hussain, 23, of Neville Road Avenue, Leeds, was convicted of raping two girls, one repeatedly, and common assault on one of them.
Both men were found guilty to multiple charges of supplying cannabis to underage girls.
They were also convicted of conspiracy to intimidate a female witness.
A third defendant, Yassar Adalat, 31, of Milton Place, Halifax, was acquitted of that offence.
Rehman’s barrister, Kim Hollis QC, said neither defendant asked for probation service reports.
During the trial, the girls told how they got into the car with the men, known to them as Yaz and Naz.
They were plied with cannabis spliffs and vodka and driven round the streets at night before being taken back to two hotels and a large five-bedroomed house.
One 14-year-old girl said she felt ashamed, dirty and worthless after she was drugged and raped.
Prosecutor Michelle Colborne QC said the men targeted vulnerable underage girls as they cruised the streets of Keighley in a silver Audi and other vehicles.
Three girls were raped, one 14-year-old girl suffering multiple rapes at the hands of both men.
Rehman boasted his victims were "fresh meat", Miss Colborne said.
"They acted together, travelling from their various home addresses in Leeds and Halifax to Keighley town centre where they specifically targeted vulnerable girls, all underage," Miss Colborne said.