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Rochdale child sex trial: Jury retires after summing up

Category: England

Published: 1st May 2012 12:17:07

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of 11 men accused of being part of a child sexual exploitation ring.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that five girls were groomed for sex and "shared" by the men from Heywood and Rochdale.

The jury of three men and nine women in the nine-week trial has been told that the men plied the girls, some as young as 13, with drink and drugs.

The men, whose ages range from 24 to 59, deny the sex offence charges.

Kabeer Hassan, 24; Abdul Aziz, 41; Abdul Rauf, 43; Mohammed Sajid, 35; Adil Khan, 42; Abdul Qayyum, 43; Mohammed Amin, 44; Qamar Shahzad, 29; Liaquat Shah, 41; and Hamid Safi, 22; all deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16.

A 59-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies the same charge.

He 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.

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