Four teenage boys, Shohaib Khan, 17; Ahsan Khan, 15; Adam Hussain, 16; and Sufyan Yaqub, 16, in Greater Manchester were jailed for the 2015 sexual assault and torture of a 16-year-old boy over a $103 debt, according to the Manchester Evening News.
On October 5, 2015, Yaqub of Park Road lured a teen – whose name has not been released – to a home in the Werneth area of Oldham, where he was reportedly attacked and "tied up with his mouth taped shut." For several hours, sources say the teen was continuously punched and kicked.
The teenage boys had even taken a knife to his back and chopped his hair off with a pair of scissors.
https://t.co/415QYyd3g5 https://t.co/0MqSNgdVs2At one point during the Oldham torture, 15-year-old Ahsan Khan forced the victim to engage in sexual activity. However, the torture continued when the teens took a "hot iron and burned him on his buttocks, back, and stomach."
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When the victim was bloodied and bruised, the teens reportedly poured lemon juice onto his cuts, causing more pain for the teen boy.
After several hours of torturing the teen boy over a $103 unpaid debt, they allowed the boy to leave the Oldham house. He immediately reported the incident to Manchester police officials and the four teen boys were arrested for the Oldham torture.
According to the International Business Times, the teen boys appeared at the Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court on July 7, where they were sentenced. Shohaib was sentenced to six years in prison while Yaqub and Hussain were sentenced to four years in prison for "blackmail, false imprisonment, wounding with intent and causing actual bodily harm."
Although Ahsan was the only one to plead not guilty of "blackmail, false imprisonment, wounding with intent, causing actual bodily harm, theft and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent," he was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison.
Paul Walker, who is a detective for the Greater Manchester Police Department, stated that the Oldham torture "was a sickening and prolonged attack on a young boy which left him so shaken and terrified that he didn't even want to tell his parents what had happened."
"The emotional scars from this shocking attack will haunt him for the rest of his life and I could not even begin to imagine the agony and suffering that he endured. Thankfully, his attackers have now been sentenced but this can never fully repair the damage that this barbaric incident has done.""I want to pay tribute to the victim and his family for having the bravery to come forward and give evidence that has helped us catch and convict the people who have inflicted this upon him," Walker added.
Four teenagers charged with kidnap and assault after boy held against his will and burned with hot iron. http://t.co/tzQETAPUOj #OldhamAfter the four teenagers were sentenced to jail for the Oldham torture, the victim's uncle – whose name has not been released to protect the identity of the victim -- was outraged by the amount of years they received.
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The uncle stated that "we had expected longer sentences, especially for the one who pleaded not guilty, and the oldest of the group."
"My nephew has been scarred for life. He has lost all confidence, he wants to be hidden away and doesn't want to communicate with people.""He was always such a confident, happy child, we live in a lively environment, surrounded by family, and he has now become very withdrawn," the tortured victim continued. "His whole life has been turned upside down, he lost his friends, doesn't trust people, and it's affected his character."
The victim's family was also outraged by the Oldham torture sentencing, claiming that they "don't feel the sentences were long enough for those boys to be properly rehabilitated, or to allow my nephew to recover fully."
"We had hoped they would be locked up inside for at least three or four years, but we know that won't be the case," the uncle stated. "They will be released earlier - we do hope that they do behave inside, and develop themselves and become changed people - but my nephew is our primary concern."
"He needs enough time and opportunity to develop mentally, physically and in his career without them around. He needs to be able to regain his confidence, make friends and become comfortable again."[Photo by John Moore/Getty Images]