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Woman had 'impressive' details about defendants in Rotherham abuse case, court hears

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2525

Sheffield Crown Court, where the trial is being heard

Sheffield Crown Court, where the trial is being heard

A complainant in an abuse trial gave “pretty impressive” detail about defendants who claim they never met her, a court has heard.

Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, gave her closing speech last week. Eight men are on trial for offences including rape and indecent assault that allegedly took place in the Rotherham area between 1999 and 2003.

They deny 19 charges.

The main complainant said she was raped and abused in 2003 when she was 13 and 14 years old.

Colborne told the court that defendants Sageer Hussain, Ishtiaq Khaliq, Asif Ali and Mohammed Whied all denied abusing the complainant.

“These four men say they are not the men the central complainant describes,” said Colborne. “Yet they all fit the description of them given.”

She said the complainant had given accurate information on nicknames, ages, areas they lived in Rotherham and family information relating to the men.

“This information came from the woman, not from any media coverage,” she added.

The court had heard from Asif Ali that he was cousins with Sageer Hussain and Mohammed Whied, and the son of Qurban Ali.

Colborne said Sageer Hussain’s barrister would argue that the complainant identified him because she saw him on television in 2014.

She said this was flawed because she had reported Hussain for rape in 2003.

The trial continues.

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