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ANOTHER Rotherham Grooming Gang Paedophile to Be Released After Serving Less Than Half His Sentence



ANOTHER Rotherham paedophile is to be released after applying to be placed in an open prison – meaning that, when he walks free in December, he will have served less than half of his sentence.

Bannaras Hussain, better known as ‘Bono’, was part of a vile gang that trafficked and abused children in the Rotherham, South Yorkshire, for decades – with at least one of their victims being just 11-years-old.

The grooming gang – at least the members who were caught – stood trial in February 2016.

The trial centred on a group of young girls who were manipulated into believing they were girlfriends of the Hussain brothers. In reality they were being used, abused and traded as sexual commodities.Arshid and Basharat were found guilty of a total of 38 offences, including rape, indecent assault, abduction, actual bodily harm and forcing their victims to have sex with others.

Bannaras pleaded guilty before the trial to 10 charges, including two counts of rape and six of indecent assault.

The brothers’ uncle, Qurban Ali, was also found guilty of conspiracy to rape but cleared of other charges.


Two women, Shelley Davies and Karen MacGregor, were also found guilty of aiding the paedophile ring. Karen MacGregor, 59, who lured girls to her home and then pimped them out, received a 13-year prison sentence. Shelley Davies, 40, who stayed at MacGregor’s house, becoming one of her associates, was given an 18-month suspended sentence after her barrister successfully argued that she too had been a victim, having been trafficked as a 15-year-old.

Known around the South Yorkshire town by their nicknames of Mad Ash, Bash and Bono – the three brothers were drug dealers who ruled the roost using violence and fear, their trial heard. They were also superficially charming, and knew how to pick their vulnerable victims.

Clockwise from top left: Arshid Hussain, Basharat Hussain, Bannaras Hussain, Shelley Davies, Karen MacGregor and Qurban Ali. Photograph: South Yorkshire police

The grooming took place across Rotherham; in houses, lock-up garages, churchyards and public spaces, including Clifton Park. The victims were forced to perform sex acts, often on several men at a time, and also forced to store guns and drugs for the gang.

Jessica* was 14 when she was first abused by the then 24-year-old Arshid Hussain.

“At first he was really nice, he paid me compliments and took me to nice places. But then he started being very controlling, he isolated me and I wasn’t allowed to do anything without his permission.

“It became that the only person in my world was him.


“I remember my family was really trying to get me out of it – but I just thought they were against me. [Hussain] said it was because they were jealous and they didn’t want us to be together.

“I believed him.

“There were times when I actually thought he was going to kill me – that became on a daily basis. There were lots of people scared of the Hussains, not just children like myself.

“The police didn’t help – they just saw me as a child with an attitude problem. I was being mentally, physically and sexually abused. And they just left me with him.”

*Jessica’s name has been changed to protect her identity


Under the UK’s weak ‘justice’ system, last year, Qurban Ali and Tayab Dad, who received 10-year terms, were released on licence automatically under current “half-term” rules for those serving a fixed sentence. Their presence back on the streets of Rotherham led to widespread condemnation and even to one victim wetting herself in fear upon bumping into her abuser on the high street.

Rotherham survivor and whistleblower Sammy Woodhouse met with Home Secretary Suella Braverman in April of this year to discuss the need to better protect victims of CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and punish offenders.

Sammy Woodhouse has bravely spoken out tirelessly and given countless interviews with the media – even successfully campaigning to have laws changed to better protect victims of CSE.

“We have a system that is not fit for purpose, it doesn’t support victims whatsoever,” she added.

“You’ve got police that don’t investigate, the Crown Prosecution Service who don’t take it further, you’re considered lucky to even get in a courtroom.

“There are waiting lists for years for support, getting counselling can be used against you in court.”Ms Woodhouse has been calling for a legal change to mean that grooming gang victims left with criminal records as a result of their abuse can have them wiped, as well as reforms to stop rapists using family courts to access their victims’ children.

However, despite Braverman’s subsequent promises to get tougher on grooming gangs, it appears that her words may have been hollow, with Woodhouse today revealing that ‘Bono’ Hussain is to be released in December of this year.



The paedophile’s release will mean that he will have served just under half of his sentence, and could return to the streets of Rotherham once more.

Speaking to VoteWatch, Sammy Woodhouse said: “He shouldn’t be moved to an open prison and he certainly shouldn’t be released early due to how serious his crimes was. Our system is unfit for purpose and doesn’t work for victims of crime.

“He should serve the full 19 years,” she added.

VoteWatch has contacted the Ministry of Justice for comment.


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