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Five jailed over sex with children

PUBLISHED: 11:18 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010

FIVE Sudanese refugees have been jailed for a total of 20 years after committing a series of sexual offences against teenage girls in north Kent.

FIVE Sudanese refugees have been jailed for a total of 20 years after committing a series of sexual offences against teenage girls in north Kent.

The men, all from Darfur in Sudan, were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court last Thursday.

All five were found guilty at the end of a five-week trial in February this year and remanded in custody to await sentencing.

Judge Martin Joy told them: "You came to this country to seek political asylum. No doubt, you came to this country because you regarded it as a safe country. However, by your conduct, this country becomes less safe."

He also told the court how the cost for providing each of the men with an interpreter came to a minimum of £25,000.

Jumaa Saleh, 19, of Lowfield Street, Dartford, Mohamud Jimale, 20, of Rochester Road, Gravesend, Diwt Kfle Akal, 18, of Edwin Street, Gravesend, and Mahder Zeregergis, 19, of Crayford Road, Crayford, were each convicted of two charges of sexual activity with a child. Each was jailed for four years.

Adil Aboulkadir, 33, of Lowfield Street, Dartford, was convicted of one charge of rape and three of sexual activity with a child. He was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection, with a minimum of four years' imprisonment.

All five accused denied the charges, which related to a series of incidents last year involving girls aged between 13 and 14.

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