A sick perv has lost his appeal against a conviction for filming two teenagers having sex with older men after claiming the law was “unfair” as the girls he filmed were over the age of consent.
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 – he was jailed for four years.
He filmed a group of men having sex with the girls, and Minishull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard how he was part of a group of men who would meet up on a regular basis with a group of teenage girls at a local park in Bury.
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The gang would get them drunk on vodka, and take the girls home – or even engage in sexual activity in the park.
However, when Hashim's phone was taken by police after a driving offence, video footage of the group engaging in “sexual activity with a young, intoxicated female” was found.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the girl could be heard on the footage asking whether she was being recorded but was told “it's just a torch”.
Despite claiming he did not remember recording the acts, another video on his phone showed another young female holding onto a kitchen counter with both hands while an older male had sex with her.
While the teenagers in the footage were over the age of consent, the law prohibits filming sexual activity involving under-18s.
The perv was arrested at Manchester Airport in July 2019 – but refused to answer any questions from police.
Recorder Jeremy Lasker said during the initial trial: “I have come 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.
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“You were playing your part in this abuse by filming.”
And this week, Lord Justice Holroyde, Mr Justice Spencer and Mrs Justice Jill all 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.”
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