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27 years for ‘utterly evil’ pair

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Two men, branded as ‘utterly evil’ by a Crown Court judge last week have been sentenced to more than 50 years in prison for crimes described as ‘chilling, terrifying and callous’.

21-year-old Hasnain Raja, and 28-year-old Najeeb Aslam, both from Bradford, were sentenced at the city’s Crown Court after a string of raids, targeted at women, children and the elderly.

The pair were twice involved in a sickening raid on family homes in Bradford which saw naked images of children and their mothers taken which would later be used in blackmail attempts. Phone calls were made to the families following the incidents, demanding tens of thousands of pounds be handed over or the images would be distributed online.

Other extremely serious crimes included threatening to throw babies ‘out of the window’ and beatings of children as young as two-years-old, as the pair continued to demand cash and items of value from the homes targeted.

An elderly couple was also tied up with cable ties in their family home as the two robbers stole more than £25,000 worth of jewellery and cash.

EVIL: Najeed Aslam (left), of Hudson Crescent, Great Horton, Bradford, and Hasnain Raja, of of Arncliffe Terrace, Lidget Green, Bradford, pleaded guilty to a total of 11 charges

EVIL: Najeed Aslam (left), of Hudson Crescent, Great Horton, Bradford, and Hasnain Raja, of of Arncliffe Terrace, Lidget Green, Bradford, pleaded guilty to a total of 11 charges

Richard Wright QC, for Raja, conceded the offences were wicked, but said he was of a young age, had pleaded guilty and had done what he could to make amends. Peter Moulson QC, for Aslam, added that he had no previous convictions and had pleaded guilty.

Speaking during the trial, Judge Durham Hall QC said: “It was evil, utterly evil, and that’s what you are.
“You preyed deliberately on the most decent examples of a very decent community.

“You caused terror and shame and desperate fear in each case. Those victims have been hurt for life.”

One victim of the ‘evil’ pair, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Asian Express that she was relieved that the two men were now behind bars.

“I was one of the victims and I feel disgusted by these sick individuals as do all the community,” she said. “They are worse than animals because to call them animals would be an insult to animals.

“I would like to thank the police in apprehending the evil pair and the ground breaking techniques they were able to use, to capture them.

“Their crimes were so sick in which they completely destroyed and changed their victim’s lives. The judge took this into account when he sentenced them. The length of their sentences is unprecedented.

“It is rare a criminal gets 27 years for murder and this reflects the seriousness of the offences.”

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Serial bride in £35,000 fake wedding scam

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A Huddersfield mother-of-two and her ex-husband pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court, of swindling would-be husbands out of around £35,000 in wedding gifts as part of an arranged marriage scam.

Sidra Fatima, 33, had posed as an available and willing bride on an Asian marriage website and admitted to a series of fraud charges involving seven different men.

Her former husband Raja Haider Ali, 45, also admitted being involved in six of the wedding cons, which were committed between May 2009 and January 2011.

HONEYTRAP: 33-year-old Sidra Fatima swindled men during pre-nuptials in fake marriage scam

HONEYTRAP: 33-year-old Sidra Fatima swindled men during pre-nuptials in fake marriage scam

After their arrests Fatima claimed that she had been forced to take part in the offending by her husband while Ali suggested he was being blackmailed by his wife and had pretended to be her brother-in-law during some of the wedding scams.

A jury at Bradford Crown Court heard last week that the scams were part of a variety of fraud offences committed by the couple to fund their dishonest lifestyle.

In addition to the wedding deceptions Fatima also admitted giving false details about her employment and income in relation to a £171,000 mortgage fraud involving a former home in Coppice Drive, Netherton, back in 2007.

The pair also pleaded guilty on the third day of their trial to charges involving insurance claims for three ‘staged burglaries’ at the same address and Ali admitted fraud charges in relation to money he obtained from a man who thought he would be able to buy their house.

The jury heard that Fatima had not worked since the couple settled in the Huddersfield area in 1999 while Ali had earned a modest declared income as a taxi driver between 1999 and 2009.

Fatima, who now lives in Dewsbury, had described herself on the internet wedding site as being ‘simple and sincere’ and claimed to be looking for someone who could ‘touch my soul’.

But after the would-be suitors had spent around £5000 each on wedding gifts and dowries she ended the relationships.

After the defendants entered their guilty pleas to the various fraud charges Judge Colin Burn agreed to adjourn their sentence hearing until 10th January.

CON: Sidra Fatima’s ex-husband Raja Haider Ali posed as a cousin or brother in law

CON: Sidra Fatima’s ex-husband Raja Haider Ali posed as a cousin or brother in law

Fatima and Ali, now of Springbank Road, Bradley Mills, were granted bail, but the judge said they must live and sleep at their home addresses and they must also surrender their passports.

Before Fatima entered her guilty pleas Judge Burn indicated that the maximum prison sentence she would face would be 13 months and today he warned both defendants that the offences would almost inevitably result in custodial sentences.

Bradford Crown Court

Bradford Crown Court

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