Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Girl, 14, 'abused at drugs den'

A 14-year-old girl was sexually exploited at a drugs den in Lancashire by a gang of men who treated her with "indignity and contempt", a jury has heard.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken to the house in Brierfield and allegedly passed around for their sexual gratification.

The "principal defendant", Mohammed Imran Amjad, 25, bore the "greatest responsibility for the corruption and abuse of the victim in this case", say the Crown Prosecution Service.

He befriended the white girl when she was 12 or 13 and frequently took her for drives in his cars, it is alleged.

Prosecutor Alaric Bassano told Burnley Crown Court: "It was him who took her on many occasions to the house and him who assisted, encouraged and incited others to rape and sexually assault this girl. On one occasion he raped the girl himself. Over a period of time he subdued her will and coerced her into submission."

He said three other men raped her and one man subjected her to a sexual assault.

Imran Amjad, of Halifax Road, Brierfield, denies abducting a child, rape, engaging in sexual activity with a child, aiding and abetting rape, and witness intimidation. He is also accused of intentionally encouraging or assisting the rape of the girl by a man known as "Saj".

Haroon Mahmood, 22, of John Street, Brierfield, denies rape and engaging in sexual activity with a child. Mohammed Zishan Amjad, 24, of Halifax Road, Brierfield, also denies rape and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Mohammed Suleman Farooq, 22, of Berry Street, Brierfield, denies sexual assault, engaging in sexual activity with a child and witness intimidation. Shiraz Afzal, 25, of Mansfield Crescent, Brierfield, and Omar Mazafar, 21, of Halifax Road, Brierfield, both deny aiding and abetting rape. All the sexual offences are said to have been committed between April and October 2010.

The trial, scheduled to last up to six weeks, continues on Wednesday.

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