15 May 2015, 17:13
A "predatory" restaurant boss from Peterborough has been jailed for 13 years after becoming the last of a string of men to be convicted of child sex crimes in the city.
Mohammed Khubaib, 43, of Norfolk Street, Peterborough, who was convicted of a total of 11 charges at The Old Bailey on April 13, appeared at the same court today (Friday, May 15) to receive his sentence.
Khubaib, a restaurant owner and landlord, was convicted of 10 counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation and one charge of rape.
He received a 13 year sentence for rape, plus a five-year supervision order, and two years each for two trafficking offences, and fours years for each of the remaining eight, all to run concurrently with the rape sentence.
During the eight-week trial, the court heard Khubaib had abused 11 young girls after plying them with alcohol. He would befriend the girls, who were aged between 12 and 16 at the time, and drive them around the city, buying them McDonalds and giving them alcohol before taking them to his properties.
The investigation was part of Operation Erle, a joint proactive investigation between Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Peterborough City Council's children's services and the NSPCC which started in January 2013.
The girls were traced after being identified as being at risk of exploitation through an information trawl which included auditing case files and interviewing relevant professionals conducted by police and Peterborough City Council which started in October 2012.
That led detectives to one of Khubaib's properties in Lincoln Road where two teenage girls were found inside with Khubaib and other men.
He is the tenth person to be convicted under Operation Erle and brings the total sentences passed by judges in the inquiry to 114 years and nine months.
Detective Superintendent Gary Ridgway said:
"The sentence passed today shows just how serious this type of offence is and that if we work together agencies can achieve really good outcomes.
Once again this represents justice for young people who had the courage to stand up in court and relive some very difficult experiences. Without this we could not have achieved this result.
This is another example of how determined we are to tackle sexual exploitation of the vulnerable and will continue to work with social care agencies to identify those at risk and keep them safe from harm."
Khubaib will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life, which will prohibit him from having contact with any female under the age of 16, and will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
He will also have his Vauxhall Zafira confiscated.