Documentary reveals how grooming gang exploited Sheffield runaway

Shakael Rehman.
Shakael Rehman.

Police have revealed details of how a 13-year-old Sheffield runaway was groomed into believing she was in love with Asian men who went on to abuse her.

The vulnerable girl was picked up by a taxi driver in Rotherham after running away from home and ended up in Bradford.

Details were revealed in a TV documentary about South Yorkshire Police’s investigations into child sexual exploitation, which was broadcast last night.

CCTV footage showed her at a hotel reception desk with one of her abusers moments before she goes willing upstairs with him to a bedroom.

Moments after the footage was filmed, she was held down and raped by Shakeal Rehman, aged 26.

He then made way for 22-year-old Mohammed Shapal, who also had sex with her in the same room.

Last month, five men, including Rehman and Shapal, were jailed in relation to the case following a lengthy trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Superintendent Matt Fenwick said: “She has properly been groomed and believes they love her.

“We know she is a victim, but she doesn’t know she is a victim. She is definitely not in victim mode.

“They perceive they are having a good time. When you’re interviewing her, she’s protecting these people.”

Rehman, of Bradford, was jailed for 12 years for rape and trafficking, while Shapal, also of Bradford, was jailed for four years for sexual activity with a child and ­trafficking .

Yaseen Amini, aged 37, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, Sheffield, was jailed for five-and-a-half years for the same offences, while Usman Ali, 21, also from Bradford, was jailed for three years for sexual activity with a child.

Bekir Rasheed, 36, of Ulverston Road, Woodseats, Sheffield, got four years for ­trafficking.