Rotherham grooming gang: Three brothers given £500k in legal aid

Dozens of their victims have yet to receive any compensation whatsoever

Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain - known as Mad Ash, Bash and Bono - formed a violent, gun-toting, drug-dealing gang. 

They pleaded poverty despite running a petrol station, takeaways and an egg farm that supplies supermarkets, alongside owning a number of properties.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed they were awarded £370,000 in legal aid for their costs in the 2016 crown court trial.

This does not include other magistrates hearings and family court battles which experts say could tot up to £100,000 more.

Survivors last night called the payout 'outrageous' and 'immoral'.

'This is completely outrageous and immoral. They have probably received 25 per cent more money than what the survivors of their abuse have had in total as compensation.'

One top solicitor revealed that of the 86 victims he represents, 70 have not yet received any compensation payout. Dozens of others have received sums as low as £2,000.

The Hussain brothers, who poured petrol over their victims, are said to have 'owned' the South Yorkshire town for more than 10 years.

Some girls were just 11 years old when they were raped, tied up and tortured and passed between abusers.

Ringleader Arshid, 42, was jailed for 35 years, Bannaras 19 years, and Basharat was given 25 years.

Sammy Woodhouse, 34, one of their 50 victims, said: 'Something needs to be put in place to stop these people just laughing at the system and milking the taxpayer dry.'

Author's comment: The three brothers are only the tip of the iceberg as far as the Islamic grooming gang scandal is concerned. Hundreds of Pakistani Muslims have systematically raped and brutalised thousands of young, vulnerable girls in Rotherham alone, and yet the conviction rate is derisory and the compensation, if any, is miniscule. The British justice system needs to get its act in order, pronto.

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