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Defendants in child sex case deny all charges

By Dave Higgens

Six men and two women have denied a total of 74 charges in relation to alleged child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The eight defendants will go on trial next month after pleading not guilty to a range of alleged offences which, in total, involve 14 different girls and span a timescale between 1990 and 2003.

Arshid Hussain (40) of High Street, East Cowick, Goole, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday in a wheelchair.

He denied six rapes, two counts of abducting a 15-year-old girl, two counts of procuring a woman under 21 to become a common prostitute, conspiracy to rape, false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, 11 indecent assaults, one other serious sexual assault, three counts of aiding and abetting rape, one count of procuring a girl to have unlawful sexual intercourse with another and one of attempting to procure a girl to have unlawful sexual intercourse with another.

Qurban Ali (53) of Clough Road, Masborough, Rotherham; Majid Bostan (37) of Ledsham Road, Broom, Rotherham; Sajid Bostan (38) of Broom Avenue, Broom, Rotherham, Bannaras Hussain (36) of Swinefleet, East Yorkshire, and Basharat Hussain (38) of no fixed abode, also face a range of serious charges.

The two women - Karen MacGregor (58) of Barnsley Road, Wath, South Yorkshire, and Shelley Davies (40) of Wainwright Road, Kimberworth Park, Rotherham - each denied single counts of conspiracy to procure a woman under 21 to become a common prostitute, false imprisonment and conspiracy to rape.

The eight defendants are due to go on trial on December 7 in Sheffield.

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