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Key evidence ‘disappeared’, Rotherham abuse trial told

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2488

Police have never interviewed the key defendant in a child sexual abuse trial, a court heard last week.

Arshid Hussain is one of seven defendants on trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

The seven deny over

60 charges relating to child sexual exploitation between 1987 and 2003.

Police interviews with five of the defendants were read to the jury last week. But the court heard that Arshid Hussain has never been questioned.

Another man Basharat Hussain denied in an interview having any sexual contact with one alleged victim. He gave “no comment” answers in relation to another complainant in a second interview.

Sajid Bostan said he had a consensual relationship with one complainant and denied seven charges involving her.

Majid Bostan, who is accused of indecent assault on the same person, said he didn’t know her.

Karen MacGregor and Shelley Davies also denied any involvement in the alleged offences.

The court also heard that the diary of one alleged abuse victim, including details of the abuse, was given to South Yorkshire Police but “disappeared”.

The sister of the complainant, Girl J, told the court about a meeting with police. “We asked what happened to her diary, it was filled with dates, times, everything that happened,” she said.

“My dad did an 11-page statement. It had all disappeared.”

The woman said police “didn’t care, they didn’t want the paperwork and they weren’t interested”.

She said threats were made to her and her mother via Girl J.

“They told her we would get tortured, kidnapped and raped,” she said.

The trial continues.

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