Members of Somali paedophile gang in Bristol jailed
Members of Somali paedophile gang in Bristol jailedAvon and Somerset Police

Seven Somali men who sexually abused children as part of a paedophile gang have been jailed.

Collectively, they were jailed for more than 40 years at Bristol Crown Court for abuse which has shocked the community.

Members of the Somali gang told their four victims - who were underage girls - that the abusive behaviour was part of their "culture and tradition."

One of the offenders made a victim have sex with his brother because the sibling "wanted to turn gay" and was told he would go to hell if he did so.

The men were convicted at a second trial of members of the gang. Seven other child abusers were jailed at an earlier hearing.

All the men were exposed after a police officer discovered a girl cowering in a cupboard at a property used by the paedophile gang.

Jailed in the second trial were Mohamed Jumale, 24, Mohamed Dahir, 22, Said Zakaria, 22, Jusef Abdirizak, 20, Omar Jumale, 20, Abdirashid Abdulahi, 21, and Sakariya Sheikh.

Condemning their actions, Judge Julian Lambert said it had been "merciless" and the sex abusers had shown "no mercy."

He added: "Nor should you receive it."