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Friday, 9 March 2012

Muslims raped English girl, court hears

Girl tells Rochdale sex grooming gang trial she woke up to find she was being raped

John Scheerhout

8 March, 2012

A girl has told a trial into alleged sex grooming how she woke to find she was being raped.

The teenager, who was in care at the time, told the court how she and a friend were picked up in Manchester by three men they didn’t know before being taken to Oldham and then a flat in Rochdale.

Once at the flat, the two girls were given kebabs and were joined by four other men before getting drunk on Jack Daniels and vodka.

The girl said she spoke to the men described as the ‘ugly one’, the ‘OK one’, the ‘skinny one’ and the ‘chilled one’.

The prosecution says the man who raped her is Qamar Shahzad, of Tweedale Street, Rochdale. He denies rape at a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

He is one of 11 men accused of sexually exploiting five girls as young as 13.

During a video interview played to the jury the girl told how they got drunk, smoked cannabis and went to bed at about 3.30am.

She said: "I was trying to sleep. They were coming in and I was pushing them away.

She described how the men asked for sex or ‘jiggy, jiggy’.

The girl told police she woke to find one of the men semi-naked on top of her, raping her.

First, she noticed someone breathing heavily on her neck, she told officers. It was like ‘dog breath’ she said.

She said: "Then I woke up and I screamed and my friend woke up and said basically ‘what do you think you are doing?’"

The girl said the man just ignored her screams.

Long silences punctuated the girl’s interview in which she repeatedly said she was ‘embarrassed’ and did not want to go into details.

She said: "I would rather just forget about it and not go through the detail. It is disgusting."

The girl also described twice being violently raped at a house in Rochdale.

She said the owner, a man she knew as Shah, would grab her neck and slap her face if she tried to stop him kissing her.

She described another man she named as Hamid watching as Shah tried different sexual positions.

She said: "I tried screaming, but he just slapped me. It was gross."

She described another occasion at the same address when Hamid slit his own wrist, causing ‘deep, deep’ cuts, before threatening to slit her throat unless she had sex with him.

The prosecution says that Shah is Liaquat Shah and Hamid is Hamid Safi, both of Kensington Street, Rochdale.

Kabeer Hassan, 24, Abdul Aziz, 41, Abdul Rauf, 43, Mohammed Sajid, 35, Adil Khan, 42, Abdul Qayyum, 43, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, Mohammed Amin, 44, Qamar Shahzad, 29, Liaquat Shah, 41, and Hamid Safi, 22, are charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16.

They have all pleaded not guilty along with a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He also denies two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape, one count of sexual assault and an allegation of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.

Mr Hassan, of Lacrosse Avenue, Oldham, and Mr Shahzad, of Tweedale Street, Rochdale, also deny rape.

Mr Aziz, of Armstrong Hurst Close, Rochdale, denies two counts of rape and one allegation of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Mr Khan, of Oswald Street, and Mr Rauf, of Darley Road, both in Rochdale, have also pleaded not guilty to trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Mr Sajid, of Jepheys Street, Rochdale, denies trafficking, two counts of rape and one allegation of sexual activity with a child.

Mr Amin, of Falinge Road, Rochdale, denies sexual assault.

Mr Shah and Mr Safi, both of Kensington Street, Rochdale, each denied two counts of rape and Mr Safi has also pleaded not guilty to trafficking.


Manchester Evening News

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