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Teenager 'repeatedly raped by gang'

A teenager was repeatedly raped by members of a gang who used alcohol and threats of violence to force her to comply with their demands, a court has heard.

The girl, who cannot be identified, said one of the men told her he would "get someone to kill you" unless she got in his car where she was sexually assaulted.

Her police interviews, recorded when she was 15 years old, were played to jurors at Liverpool Crown Court where 11 men are accused of being part of a child sexual exploitation ring.

Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Qamar Shahzad, Liaquat Shah, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named all deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16.

The 59-year-old defendant also denies two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape, one count of sexual assault and an allegation of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.

The offences are said to have happened in and around Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in 2008 and 2009.

During police interviews, the girl, now aged 19, told of occasions when she and a friend were targeted by the 59-year-old as they were "hanging around" on the streets of the town.

One time he stopped his car, she said, and told her to get inside and when she refused he said: "If you don't get in I'll get someone to kill you."

She said he also told her he would tell her mother that she had been having sex with him and she became so frightened she agreed to get into the vehicle.

He then drove her to an industrial spot on the outskirts of Heywood, near Rochdale, where he forced her to perform a sex act, she said.


From Belfast Telegraph