Three men are on trial accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl who they ‘passed around between themselves in a carpark and graveyard’.
Sajid Ali, now 38, Riaz Makhmood, 39, and Zaheer Iqbal, 39, are all charged with indecent assault on the girl in 1994.
A court heard how Ali met the girl through his younger brother, who attended the same school as she did.
She believed Ali was her ‘boyfriend’ and was persuaded by him to perform oral sex not just on himself but also his co-defendants Makhmood, and Iqbal.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the victim was given alcohol and passed around by the three defendants in a carpark, a graveyard and the stairwell of a block of flats in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
The court heard the alleged victim’s mother was a governor at the school and the defendants scared her by saying they would ‘tell her mother what she was doing.’
Prosecutor Sophie Drake said: ‘At first she thought Ali was her boyfriend but she later realised he was using her for oral sex.
Riaz Makhmood (left) and Sajid Ali (right) pictured arriving at court today
Zaheer Iqbal is one member of the trio alleged to have passed the girl around and forced her to perform oral sex
‘Ali would say she had given him oral sex and she should give the others oral sex.
‘At the time she thought she was being rebellious and liked the attention – all the defendants said she was c**p at oral sex.
‘The crown says she was not capable of consenting to these acts – she was only 13 and was given alcohol and made to feel she had no choice but to do it.
‘Her mother was a governor at the school and they scared her by saying they would tell her mother what she was doing.’
The court was told how the victim eventually went to police in September 2014 and identified all three defendants in September 2016 as those she had met in Rotherham in the mid-90s.
All three were arrested later the same month.
Ms Drake played a police interview recorded in September 2014 to the jury.
In it the victim explained how she was introduced to the three defendants and performed oral sex on Ali, who she knew as ‘Sos’ at the time, four times before he started offering her to his friends.
Sajid Ali (left) and Zaheer Iqbal (right). The teenage girl would meet the men, who were just teenagers themselves at the time but all aged 16 or over, at some shops in Rotherham
The teenage girl would meet the men, who were just teenagers themselves at the time but all aged 16 or over, at some shops in Rotherham.
After a couple of weeks and under the influence of alcohol she would be taken to a carpark, a graveyard and disused stairwells at some nearby flats to perform oral sex on all three.
She said: ‘They would say ‘you’ve done that for him, will you do it for me’.
‘You felt like you were wanted – it was nice to have attention from boys.
‘I felt like I was fat and horrible and when they said I was rubbish at oral sex I wanted to be better at it.’
Riaz Makhmood (right), followed by Sajid Ali (left). Makhmood denies three charges of indecent assault, and Iqbal denies five charges of indecent assault
Zaheer Iqbal leaving court today. The assaults are said to have happened between June 1994 and June 1995
The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, went on to say that eventually her mother found out through a friend she was hanging around in the streets and her mother stopped her from attending the shops.
Riaz Makhmood denies three charges of indecent assault, Sajid Ali denies seven charges of indecent assault and Zaheer Iqbal denies five charges of indecent assault.
The assaults are said to have happened between June 1994 and June 1995.