Alleged Reddit sex gang ‘exploited girls under the age of many years’, court hears

A court heard that seven vulnerable teenage girls were sexually assaulted or tried to abuse by six men who “viewed them with contempt”.

The defendants went on trial at Worcester Crown Court on charges of sexual offenses against young girls over a period of four years – some as young as 13.

The alleged crimes were said to have taken place in locations in North Worcestershire, including parks, woodland, alleyways, an abandoned house and cars, jurors were told.

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Beginning the case, prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said: “This case is about seven girls who, during the period March 2013 to March 2017, were sexually abused by these defendants.

“Some of those girls were simply and mercilessly groped with one hand over them or under their trousers.

“Some of them were lonely and wanted attention, so much so that they were more inclined to go with the one that recognized them.

“Others had made poor lifestyle choices, which left them vulnerable and willing to put themselves at risk in ways that perhaps responsible adults would recognize at once, and that in fact they could recognize themselves and You may regret it once you get a little more maturity.

Usman Asghar outside Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court

“Drinking alcohol, taking drugs and being sexually available, she was easily taken advantage of by those who, in fact, viewed her with contempt.

“One (alleged victim) faced so many persistent demands for oral sex that she stopped protesting because she realized she was not going anywhere by saying no.

“But when she resisted and persisted in resisting intercourse — saying ‘no’, saying she didn’t want it to happen the first time around — she was simply caught and forced to comply. “

Giving details of some of the alleged offences, Mr Heywood described how Numan Mohammed had contacted one of the girls in her teens through her Facebook profile.

The prosecutor said the girl “began to find the tone of the messages he was sending her that were becoming increasingly inappropriate” and that he would “try to play on her feelings, blame her, to use her own words”. .

The Crown’s QC said that Mohamed – known by the nicknames “Nomi” and “Noam” – would be “angry” if he refused his advances, and on one occasion he committed an obscene act during a Skype call. Did.

The alleged victim later told police that she was “going through a difficult period” in her life, and felt that Mohammed was “the only person who really cared”.

General view of Worcester Crown Court
General view of Worcester Crown Court

“I thought he really liked me,” the girl would later tell the authorities.

Mr Heywood said: “The subject of manipulating emotions and manipulating insecurities is something we are going to come across again and again in this case.”

On another occasion, the same girl was contacted on Facebook by Arslan Tzrab, and on two occasions she was allegedly “criminalised” to have sex with him.

Heywood said, “It was too far to walk home… she was afraid of the dark and didn’t want Arslan Tzerab to be angry with her.”

abdul hussain
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Mr Heywood said the same girl had also reportedly been approached by Ehtsham Tzerab – whom he found “absolutely scary” – and who “tried” with him once, but was reprimanded.

Another girl alleged that after drinking cannabis together with Mohammed, he forced her to have sex with him, and — on a separate occasion — she was assaulted by him in a locked room.

The same girl also claimed that Usman Asghar took advantage of her and assaulted her while under the influence of cannabis, later telling police: “I just fell in love – and I was alone.”

Mr Heywood, whose case will continue to be inaugurated on Wednesday, said: “Prosecutors say … this is another clear example of the kind of insecurity that is open to manipulation.”

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Mohamed, 23, and formerly of Redditch, Worcestershire, are charged with a total of eight offences.

He is facing two charges of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three charges of having sex with a child, two charges of abetting a child, and one charge of rape.

Also accused is Arslan Tzarab, 25, of The Mayfields, Reddit, who is facing four charges of sexual activity with a child.

Ehtsham Tzerab, 21, of The Mayfields is charged with four counts of attempted sexual intercourse with a child and attempted sexual communication with a child.

Asghar, 22, of Silins Avenue, Redditch, is charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Along with him in the courtroom, 28-year-old Usman Ali of Another Road in Reddit also faces two charges of sexual activity with a child.

Abdul Shakoor Hussain, 22, of Mount Pleasant, Reddit, is charged with engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a girl, and faces two counts of sexual assault.

The men deny any wrongdoing and the trial is expected to last six weeks.

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