Mohammed Akram climbed drainpipe and raped schoolgirl in her own home, jury told
A vulnerable schoolgirl was groomed and sexually exploited over a 3 year period by a Muslim grooming gang men, a court heard.
The teenager was allegedly sexually abused by Banaras Hussain, Mohammed Akram, Mohammed Khalil and Talish Mahmood Ahmed in the Huddersfield area between 1995 and 1998.
Leeds Crown Court heard that the young girl was raped in a primary school playground and one of the men once climbed up a drainpipe and into her bedroom at her dad's house and raped her.
The four defendants accept knowing the complainant, but deny all charges on a seven-count indictment.
Opening the trial on Monday, prosecutor Kate Batty told the jury that the case concerns the sexual exploitation of a young girl who, from the age of 13, was deliberately targeted by older men who wanted to use her for their own sexual purposes.
Mrs Batty described the girl, who was the daughter of an abusive single mother and was bullied in school, as vulnerable with low-self esteem.
She said older men struck up conversations with her in the street and she was groomed between by being made to feel special, including by being given cigarettes, vodka, special brew lager and drugs.
Mrs Batty said: "By the time she was 13 years old, she was drinking every day and was intoxicated most of the time . . .
"More and more men came onto the scene and the group got bigger and bigger – such that she can’t even remember them all now. You will hear reference to men who are not part of this trial."
Mrs Batty said the teenager was treated as an 'object', adding: "Routine to her became the day in, day out events of being touched or groped or having sex on grubby mattresses on the floors of flats and houses that she found herself in."
Allegations against Banaras Hussain
Hussain was aged 19 and married at the time he allegedly groomed the 13-year-old girl.
It is alleged that the pair had sex twice a week over a period of around a year or so, usually in the woods or in a primary school's playground.
Mrs Batty said: "He took her to a house one day where again the alcohol and drugs were free flowing.
"In the bedroom of that house, she lost her virginity to him on a mattress without bedding, using a curtain as a blanket."
She said Hussain left the girl heartbroken after introducing her to other men.
Hussain, 44, of Church Street, Paddock, denies two counts of rape in relation to at least 11 alleged rapes.
Allegations against Mohammed Akram
Akram, also known as Buckree, was also aged 19 and in a relationship at the time he is accused of first abusing the complainant.
It is alleged that he had been present on many occasions both on the playground and in flats or houses where the girl was taken, including when she lost her virginity.
Jurors were told he introduced her to amphetamine and thought he could grope her sexually when he wanted.
The prosecutor said Akram first raped the girl on an airbed in a flat when she was aged 15, high and drunk.
She said the defendant's girlfriend was asleep next to them on the airbed when it happened.
"On a second occasion, when she was still 15, she was at her father's house when he climbed up the drainpipe and into her bedroom.
"Again, she was intoxicated and again he had sex with her before leaving in the early hours of the morning so that her father didn’t become aware that he was in the house."
Akram, 44, of Moorbottom Road, Thornton Lodge, denies two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault.
Allegation against Mohammed Khalil
Jurors were told Khalil used to bring alcohol to the primary school's playground and it was there where he groped the teenager's breasts over her clothing.
Khalil, 41, of Larch Road, Paddock, denies one count of indecent assault.
Allegation against Talish Mahmood Ahmed
The prosecutor said the girl was aged 15 when she was taken from a snooker centre to a flat, had her drink spiked, was taken in a car to a secluded location in the dark and was raped.
She said: "Talish Ahmed was a passenger. She remembers him being in the back with her. He had sex with her when she was in no fit state to consent; a state that they had deliberately put her in so that she could be raped.
"Once they were finished with her, she was dumped, thrown out of the taxi at the end of her street with her knickers and trousers round by her ankles.
"They couldn’t even be bothered to help her get dressed again."
Mrs Batty described the incident as the 'final straw' for the complainant, adding: "The offence he committed against her marked the end of her abuse."
The incident was reported to police at the time so the prosecution has been able to say it happened on November 25, 1997.
The prosecutor said the complainant feels 'let down' by the police, explaining: "She gave a statement to the police and was medically examined. Despite that, no action was ever taken.
"It's not entirely clear why but what we do know is that things have come a long way since the late 1990s in terms of our understanding of sexual offending."
Jurors were told that the complainant moved on with her life and intended to take the abuse to her grave until she saw a photo of one of her other abusers - Gul Riaz - in a newspaper alongside an article about him being prosecuted for child sexual exploitation offences.
Ahmed, 41, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Lockwood, denies one count of rape.
The trial continues.
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