7BR Members Adrian Langdale QC and Ben Isaacs successfully secured convictions against Abdul Elahi who was involved in a series of sexual offences committed between 01 January 2017 and 07 August 2020, including indecent images of children, blackmail, and disclosing private, sexual photographs. His co-accused, Kirsty Nicholls, has also been convicted after admitting working with Elahi to make indecent images of a child.

Elahi targeted approximately 2000 individuals on a global scale through online ‘sugar daddy’ websites, getting them images of themselves or others, including self-mutilation, which he would sell through encrypted platforms making around £25,000 in the process. The victims aged from eight month old babies through to adults. Alongside these offences, Elahi also provided a ‘masterclass’ to other paedophiles teaching them how to avoid detection. His offending was almost unprecedented in scale and has been described by specialist investigators as the ‘worst they’ve ever seen’.

The investigation was carried out by the NCA in conjunction with various law enforcement agencies around the world, including the FBI. Elahi is due to be sentenced on 9-10 September alongside co-accused Kirsty Nicholls.

Adrian and Ben were instructed by the International Justice and Organised Crime Division of the CPS. The case has been reported by the BBC and can be viewed here.

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