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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

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  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Four men jailed for supply of drugs and sexual abuse of young girls


Four men have been sentenced to a total of 32 years' imprisonment for their involvement in the supply of drugs and the sexual abuse of young girls in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The men, aged in their late 20s, were sentenced today (November 3) after being found guilty of 22 separate offences.

The offences took place between 2007 and 2014 when the five complainants in the case were aged between 13 and 16.

Victims were targeted because of their young age and vulnerability, befriended by the group and then invited to various properties around Newcastle.

Alcohol and drugs, including cocaine and amphetamines, were then made freely available to them.

The men, Soran Azizi, 28, Palla Pour, 25, Ribas Asad, 29, Saman Faiaq Obaid, 29, were convicted following a trial held at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

Jim Hope, from the CPS, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has successfully prosecuted these four men for their involvement in the supply of drugs and the sexual exploitation of five vulnerable girls.

"I would like to extend my thanks to the five victims in this case, who have bravely assisted us in piecing together all relevant evidence to present the clearest possible case to the jury.

"The nature of the offending in this case was predatory, with the offenders selecting targets by virtue of their vulnerability before pretending to develop caring relationships with them. After the men had gained their trust, the girls were supplied with drugs and alcohol and then coerced into performing sexual acts.

"If there are any young women or girls who feel that they are being groomed in this way I would encourage them to report this to police, either directly or with the help of a third-party support agency. You will be protected and your actions may well prevent others from becoming victims of serious sexual offending."

  • Soran Azizi (dob 11.8.89) was convicted of two charges of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation’ and sentenced to 6 years' imprisonment
  • Palla Pour (dob 22.12.91) was convicted of four charges of sexual activity with a child, one charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two charges of supplying a controlled drug, one charge of knowingly permitting his premises to be used for supply of controlled drugs and sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment
  • Ribas Asad (dob 12.1.88) was convicted of one charge of sexual assault, six charges of supplying a controlled drug, one charge of inciting a child into sexual activity, one charge of sexual activity with a child and was sentenced to 9.5 years' imprisonment
  • Saman Faiaq Obaid (dob 1.1.88) was convicted of four charges of supplying a controlled drug to another and sentenced to 4 years and nine months' imprisonment


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