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Pair jailed for abusing teenagers

Mohammed Ditta (left) and Mirza Baig
Ditta and Baig must serve at least three years before parole

Two men have been jailed indefinitely for sex attacks on teenage girls they had plied with drink and drugs.

Mirza Baig, 35, of Longsight, and Mohammed Ditta, 39, of Levenshulme, targeted vulnerable young girls, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Ditta was convicted of assault and sexual assault and Baig was convicted of sexual assault and threats to kill.

Sentencing them to a minimum of three years each, Judge Anthony Gee said: "These are despicable offences."

The court heard the pair took girls to Ditta's flat in Hulme and gave them vodka, ecstasy pills and cocaine, until they were unconscious.


Neither of you have displayed the slightest hint of remorse or regret

Judge Anthony Gee

They then stripped their 15-year-old victims and tried to force them to have sex.

Baig, of Longdon Road, and Ditta of Newdale Road, were jailed indefinitely for the public's protection and told they must each serve at least three years before parole.

Judge Gee said: "Neither of you have displayed the slightest hint of remorse or regret."

The pair, who are both married with children, were arrested in May last year after an investigation by social workers, Greater Manchester Police and project workers from the voluntary sector.

In the first incident, in April 2007, Baig met up with two 15-year-old girls and drove them to Ditta's flat.

Threatened with gun

Ditta gave the girls drink and drugs and offered to pay one of them 20 to have sex. When she refused, he punched her twice in the face.

A few weeks later the third victim, who was also 15 at the time, went to the same flat.

Ditta and Baig gave her drink and drugs and Baig sexually assaulted her.

He then trapped her in the bedroom and threatened to kill her.

Ditta also sexually assaulted her before she was able to escape.

One girl told Manchester Crown Court she was terrified and thought she was going to die after Ditta ordered her to have sex and threatened her with a gun.

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The men were described by the judge as "despicable"



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