December 2022

Predator who filmed teen girls having sex tries to get out of jail… 

A man jailed after filming two vulnerable girls having sex with men has lost an appeal to have his conviction overturned.

Hashim Hussain was found guilty of two counts of taking an indecent image of a child, and two counts of possessing an indecent image of a child after a four-week trial in May 2021.

Now it can be reported that he has appealed his conviction, arguing that the law he was convicted under was unfair because the girls were over the age of consent for sex.

The jury heard how Hashim and other men would regularly meet up with a group of teenage girls in Openshaw Park, in Bury, and buy vodka for them before heading to the home of one of the girls.

Hashim’s phone was seized by police after he was arrested on suspicion of driving offences in October 2017.

Detectives found a video showing a man engaged in sexual activity with ‘a young, intoxicated female’ with her breasts exposed, while he was cheered on by others in a park.

The court heard a girl could be heard on the footage asking whether she was being recorded but was told ‘it’s just a torch’.

Hashim told officers he could not remember recording the video. Another video showed a young female holding onto a kitchen counter with both hands while an older male had sexual intercourse with her

A number of other males can be seen gathered around them, the court heard.

Hashim, of South Cross Street, Bury, was identified as the cameraman due to a ‘distinctive watch’ he was wearing which was caught in the footage. His brother, Muhammad was also jailed in 2021, for raping a 15 year old girl. 

While the teenagers in the footage were over the age of consent, the law prohibits filming sexual activity involving under-18s.

Hashim was arrested at Manchester Airport in July 2019 after getting off a flight from Pakistan and replied ‘no comment’ to all questions asked by police.

Jailing Hashim, then 24, Recorder Jeremy Lasker said: “I have to the firm conclusion that although these girls may well have been consenting to what was happening, they were the victim of older men, whether they were aware of it at the time of not. You were playing your part in this abuse by filming.”

However, at a recent hearing at London’s Appeal Court a lawyer for Hussain argued the law in this case, which defines a child as under the age of 18, was ‘anomalous’.

Judges Lord Justice Holroyde, Mr Justice Spencer and Mrs Justice Jill rejected the appeal.

They said: “There may be thought to be good reason to criminalise the filming of sexual activity by a child aged 16 or 17 which is not in itself criminal.

“The need to protect children against themselves, and the ease with which imagery once recorded can be distributed throughout the life of the child concerned, are obvious considerations which could lead to that conclusion.”

May 2021

Brothers jailed for child sex offences in Bury

Two brothers from Bury have been jailed for over 10 years after being found guilty of a total of eight child sex offences against two teenage girls.

Muhammad and Hashim Hussain, aged 20 and 24 respectively, were sentenced today (Friday 14 May 2021) at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after being unanimously convicted by a jury of sex offences between August 2016 and August 2017.

The court heard how the brothers, both of South Cross Street, groomed the victims, aged 14 and 15 at the start of the offending, by offering them alcohol and buying them gifts in exchange for sexual acts.

Muhammad (22/07/2000) was found guilty of twice raping one of the girls in August 2016 as well as one count of taking an indecent image of the same victim later that year in December, and sexual assaulting another girl in August 2017.

He has been sentenced to six years and two months in a youth offender’s prison and has to sign the sex offenders’ register for life. He has also had a restraining order imposed on him in relation to both victims.

His brother, Hashim (18/12/1996), was also convicted after the four-week trial of two counts of taking an indecent image of a child, and two counts of possessing an indecent image of a child, all in 2017. He has been jailed for four years.