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Defendant in Rotherham abuse trial was a police cadet

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Issue 2489

Sheffield Crown Court where the trial is taking place
Sheffield Crown Court where the trial is taking place (Pic: Socialist Worker)

A defendant in the Rotherham child sexual abuse trial was a police cadet when the alleged offences took place, Sheffield Crown Court has heard.

Five men and two women deny around 60 charges relating to offences that allegedly took place between 1987 and 2003.

Sajid Bostan faces seven charges, including rape and serious sexual assault, relating to complainant Girl B. She said the alleged offences mainly took place during the 1990s.

Bostan said he had done work experience with South Yorkshire Police in 1993 and later joined the cadets. He said he patrolled Rotherham town centre with officers and was extra “eyes and ears” for the police.

He said he resigned from the cadets in 1996 after being charged with two counts of affray. He was later convicted.

Bostan told the court he first met Girl B in 2000 and had a “fling” with her.

He initially said he didn’t know co-defendant Arshid Hussain. Under cross-examination he accepted he had told police he did know who Hussain was.

Bostan said he had never been to the Prince of Wales pub in Masbrough, where he and Arshid Hussain are alleged to have raped Girl B.

Arshid Hussain appeared in court for the first time yesterday, Wednesday, but was said to be too ill to give evidence.

Judge Sarah Wright instructed the jury to find Arshid Hussain not guilty of one count of abduction of Girl J when she was in foster care. This was because “she was allowed out by her foster carer”.

Arshid Hussain now faces 28 charges—five relating to Girl J and the rest relating to eight other defendants.

His lawyer, Tahir Khan, read a statement for Arshid Hussain to the court. In it he said he was “no angel” but that the allegations against him were “completely wrong”.

Arshid Hussain denied knowing two of the complainants who have made allegations against him. He said he had never visited the Prince of Wales pub.

He accepted having a child with Girl J which was conceived when she was 15 years old. Girl J has said Arshid Hussain first had sex with her when she was 14 years old and he was 24. Arshid Hussain said he thought Girl J was over the age of consent.

He said, “I always looked after her and cared for her.”

The court heard that Girl D told social workers Arshid Hussain was her boyfriend when she was younger. Hussain claimed he has never met Girl D.

Records from the Risky Business service, which supported vulnerable children, show Girl D mentioned “Mad A, saying she had been to Halifax with him a few times, but didn’t say why.”

Defendant Karen MacGregor told the court there is “no truth whatsoever” in allegations that she had been “pimping girls from children’s homes”.

Defendant Basharat Hussain has also denied a number of offences relating to four alleged victims. He told the court that he “loved” Girl L, who has said he once told her to “dig her own grave”.

He accepted having sex with three teenage girls when he was in his 20s. When asked why he was hanging around with teenage girls he said he “liked the attention”.

Basharat Hussain told the court he didn’t know any corrupt police officers and had never asked any to search the national database for him. He said he knew PC Kenneth Dawes because “he was well known in the area”.

The court has heard that Dawes had used the police database “without legitimate policing purpose” and searched for Arshid Hussain, Basharat Hussain and a key witness.

Dawes denies all wrongdoing.

The court heard that Dawes is under investigation by South Yorkshire Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission. He “remains an officer with South Yorkshire Police although he is currently suspended from duty and has passed the retirement age of 60 years.”

The jury also heard that Dawes admitted wrongdoing at three separate misconduct hearings between 2000 and 2003.

PC Hassan Ali, who died last year, also searched police databases for Arshid and Basharat Hussain.

Defendants Majid Bostan and Shelley Davies have decided not to give evidence in the trial, which continues.

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