Police initially arrested the wrong man as part of an investigation into historic Rotherham child sexual exploitation offences due to a mix-up with names, a court heard.
The key witness in the case against eight men accused of sexually abusing three teenage girls in the town between 1999 and 2003 said she had rung police to tell them they had arrested the wrong man in relation to one of her allegations.
Asif Ali, now aged 30 and of Clough Road, Rotherham, is alleged to have raped the now-adult woman in Clifton Park in 2003 when she was aged 13.
Rotherham abuse trial: Woman denies ’embellishing’ abuse claims
An alleged victim of a grooming gang has refuted claims she falsely accused one man of assaulting her in order to “embellish” her story.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims she was forced to perform a sex act on Basharat Hussain in Rotherham, in 2003, when she was 14.
Mr Hussain’s barrister, however, told the jury at Sheffield Crown Court the incident had never taken place.
Mr Hussain and seven other men on trial deny 16 offences, including rape.
Child sex abuse trial: Victim “told accused she was 16” – claim
A DEFENDANT charged with raping a girl when she was underage has admitted he had sex with her – which he told police 13 years ago – but claims he did not know her age, a court heard.
Despite Masoued Malik (32) telling police in an interview in October 2003 that he had had sex with the then 14-year-old girl around a year earlier, he was never charged.
The girl also told police in her complaint in October 2003 that Malik and co-defendant Naeem Rafiq had held her against her will at a flat and forced her perform sex acts on five men.
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