The jury in the latest Muslim grooming gang trial have retired to consider the verdict. The trial at Oxford Crown Court is of 10 Muslim men from High Wycombe for their part in the sexual abuse of a girl from the age of 11 over 5 years. The background is little different from previous trials involving Islamic sex gangs. Vulnerable child thinks she is in full on relationship with 1 of the grooming gang. They ply her with alcohol and drugs before her so-called Muslim paedophile boyfriend shares her amongst his Islamo-nonce mates whether the girl likes it or not.
It may come as a surprise to learn that the court trial has been on going for the last 9 weeks in virtual media silence. The national media either didn’t deem the trial newsworthy enough to cover the case, or were told by somebody in a position of power not to report it for fear of Muslims getting more negative press. So unless your a reader of the local newspaper Bucks Free Press chances are you would not of heard much on the trial.
In what seems to be a new trend with Muslim grooming gang members on trial, 9 of the 10 accused chose not to give evidence in their own defence knowing that their failure to take the stand doesn’t get held against them as an admission of guilt. Knowing they cant incriminate themselves under cross examination it puts all the focus on the credibility of the victim.
Ribbon trial: Jury sent out
THE jury in the trial of ten men accused of grooming, trafficking and sexually abusing a young girl has been sent out to consider its verdict.
Jurors retired at 12.50pm this afternoon after Judge Ian Pringle concluded his two-day review of the evidence heard during the nine week Ribbon trial.
The prosecution say the girl was plied with alcohol and drugs, and repeatedly raped by a child sex gang in the High Wycombe area for almost five years.
The girl was just 11 when the alleged abuse began in 2007.
Oxford Crown Court was told how the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was groomed and raped by Iblal Fiaz who forced her to perform sex acts on his friends and his brother Kasim Fiaz.
The girl told the court how she believed she was in a relationship with Iblal Fiaz and carried out his sexual instructions because she “didn’t want to let him down” and thought it would keep him close to her.
She described being picked up in cars and taken to locations including Fernie Fields, Cressex Industrial Estate and Handy Cross for abuse.
The girl, now 17, was exploited at house parties in Rutland Avenue and Westfield Walk, and taken to the Drake Court Hotel in London Road and a house in Marlow where she was gang raped, the court heard.
Jurors were told how Fiaz threatened to burn down the girl’s family home, rape her mother and ruin her reputation if she did not go along with his demands.
But during his summing up, Judge Pringle reminded the jury of the defence’s case that the girl was a “serial liar” and a “gamer”.
Barristers on behalf of the defendants told the court that the girl had falsely accused two other men of rape in the past – including her own father.
Ammar Rafiq, the only defendant to give evidance, admitted to having consensual sex with the girl in his bedroom while his dad was sleeping next door after she visited his flat in Castlefield Gardens in 2011. He said he didn’t know she was still at school.
The court also heard how the girl, who required psychiatric care throughout most of her childhood, refused to give police her Facebook password or Blackberry pin number as she said she could not remember them.
Prosecutor Eleanor Laws QC even admitted during her closing statement the girl had lied at various points of the case. But added “the whole thing wasn’t fabricated” as there is “little doubt she has been trafficked”.
The ten defendants are:
Iblal Fiaz, 21, of St George’s Close – Four counts of rape of a child under 13, seven counts of rape, two counts of conspiracy to rape, eight counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, two charges of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Khasim Fiaz, 22, of St George’s Close – two counts of rape of a child under 13, one count of rape, two counts of conspiracy to rape and one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Ammar Rafiq, 19, from Kent Road in west London – four counts of rape.
Mohammed Adnan, 21, of Upper Green Street – two counts of rape.
Mudassar Hussain, 29, of Abbey Barn Road – two counts of rape.
Jubroin Khan, 21, of Rutland Avenue – one count of conspiracy to rape.
Khasim Dadd, 23, of Gibbs Close – one count of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape.
Rameez Ali, 21, of West End Street – two counts of rape.
Janaid Sharif, 26, of Cambridge Crescent – one counts of rape.
Asif Hussain, 21, of Suffield Road – one count of rape.