oldham torture
(Clockwise from top left) Sufyan Yaqub, Shohaib Khan, Adam Hussain and Ahsan Khan GMP

Four youths who tortured and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy for several hours over a debt of £80 ($103) have been jailed. The victim was lured into a house in the Werenth area of Oldham, Greater Manchester, on 5 October 2015 by Sufyan Yaqub while the others waited inside.

Once inside, the 16-year-old was tied up with his mouth covered by tape and continuously punched and kicked. He was cut on the back with a knife and burnt on his buttocks, stomach and back with a hot iron. The offenders then poured salt and lemon juice into his wounds to add to his pain.

Ahsan Khan, 15, forced the victim to engage in sexual activity during the prolonged attack. The teenagers were sentenced for the "barbaric" assault on their victim at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court on 7 July.

Shohaib Khan, 17, was sentenced to six years and six months, with Yaqub, 16, and Adam Hussain, 16, both sentenced to four years after admitting blackmail, false imprisonment, wounding with intent and causing actual bodily harm.

Ahsan Khan pleaded not guilty, but after a two week trial was convicted 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 sentenced to five years.

A 17-year-old youth pleaded guilty to a section 47 assault and was sentenced to a 12 month supervision programme with night-time curfew.

Greater Manchester Police's Detective Inspector Paul Walker said: "This 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 that have inflicted this upon him."