A grooming gang which ‘exploited’ and abused two vulnerable young girls for their own sexual gratification was only exposed when one of the alleged victims attended a parenting course herself years later, a court heard today.
The men, all from Rochdale, preyed on the girls – who were aged 12 and 13 when the abuse started – after plying them with drink and drugs, a jury was told.
They became objects to ‘use, abuse, humiliate then discard’, it was alleged, with some of the sex attacks taking place in an address known as ‘The Butcher’s flat’.
More than a decade after the girls’ ordeal is said to have come to an end, one of them – by now an adult – contacted police after attending a parenting course, Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester was told.
She alleged that a childhood friend was also allegedly subjected to a litany of abuse by the same group from the age of 13.
Eight men are on trial for 82 offences including rape, sexual activity with a child and gross indecency between 2002 and 2006. Pictured left: Ali Razza Hussain Kasmi, 36, who is charged with six offences. Pictured right on right hand side: Mohammed Iqbal, 67, who is charged with two counts of paying for sexual services of a girl under the age of 18
Ikhlaq Yousef (pictured), 38, is charged with seven offences including two rapes and two counts of gross indecency with a child
Eight men are on trial for 82 offences including rape, sexual activity with a child and gross indecency between 2002 and 2006.
The court heard how the younger girl met a group of men ‘centred around’ one defendant, Mohammed Ghani.
He would allegedly go to the flat – owned by his brother Jahn Shahid Ghani and so-called as it was above a former butcher’s shop in Rochdale – along with Insar Hussain and Ikhlaq Yousef where some of the alleged offences took place.
She told police how she was sexually abused daily from the age of 12, given alcohol and drugs and passed between her abusers.
She said she had ‘no choice’ but to do what they wanted, or she would be beaten and raped, and described how videos were taken and used to blackmail her.
Neil Usher, prosecuting, said the girl and her friend became ‘mere objects for the defendants to use, abuse, humiliate and then discard’.
Both girls had troubled childhoods and difficult home lives and the men provided drink, drugs and apparent affection to persuade them that they were ‘genuinely liked’ and not just being used for sex, he said.
More than a decade after the girls’ ordeal is said to have come to an end, one of them – by now an adult – contacted police after attending a parenting course, Minshull Street Crown Court (pictured) in Manchester was told
But he said the true reality was shown by a video taken after the younger girl blacked out after getting drunk on vodka during which she was sexually assaulted using a brandy bottle.
The men allegedly threatened to send the video to the girl’s mother if she didn’t agree to have sex with them.
On other occasions Ghani had sex with the girl in a Rochdale park before ‘offering her out’ to others, it was alleged, treating her a ‘piece of meat’.
Ghani would allegedly pick the girl up from school, still in her uniform, and they would have sex in his car.
On another occasion at the ‘Butcher’s Flat’, the court heard she was ‘trapped in the bedroom for hours’ while Ghani, Hussain and Yousef took turns to have sex with her.
Mohammed Ghani also allegedly got the girl to have sex with his cousin who was on holiday from Pakistan as he’d ‘never had sex with a white girl before’.
Jurors were told he asked her to marry the man in return for £5,000 so he could gain UK citizenship, but she refused.
The court heard how both girls would meet Ali Razza Hussain Kasmi, described as ‘intimidating and aggressive’ figure, and his friends in a park.
They would be given alcohol and Kasmi is accused of having sex with the older girl and raping her.
Mohammed Ghani, 38, is charged with 21 offences including ten rapes and five counts of penetrative sexual activity with a girl.
Insar Hussain, 36, is charged with 17 offences including seven rapes and two counts of sex with a child under 13.
Ikhlaq Yousef, 38, is charged with seven offences including two rapes and two counts of gross indecency with a child.
Jahn Shahid Ghani, 50, is charged with 17 offences including eight rapes and eight counts of penetrative sexual activity with a child.
Martin Rhodes, 39, admits two charges of penetrative sexual activity with a child but denies two rapes.
Ali Razza Hussain Kasmi, 36, is charged with six offences including two rapes and two counts of gross indecency with a child.
Aftar Khan, 34, is charged with eight offences including three rapes and three counts of gross indecency with a child.
Mohammed Iqbal, 67, is charged with two counts of paying for sexual services of a girl under the age of 18.
All the defendants gave addresses in Rochdale apart from Rhodes, who now lives in Blackpool.
Apart from Rhodes they deny all of the charges.
The trial continues.