Friday 31 October 2014

Girl (14) was talked out of making a rape complaint

David Mercer

Published 17/01/2013 | 14:04

A 14-year-old girl who was beaten up and repeatedly raped by a man accused of being involved in a child prostitution ring was persuaded to drop her complaint to police, a court heard today.

Bassam Karrar, 32, allegedly abused the girl while he was high on cocaine in a house in Oxford when she refused to have sex with him, the Old Bailey heard.



The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reported Karrar to police but was persuaded to withdraw her complaint by a girl who was "seeing" the defendant at the time, jurors were told.



Karrar is one of nine men from the Oxford area who deny 51 counts, including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution involving six girls aged between 11 and 15 between 2004 and last year.



The accused include two sets of brothers, Karrar and Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 30.



The others are Kamar Jamil, 27, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, Bilal Ahmed, 26, and Mohammed Hussain, 24.



The court heard police were called to an incident in November 2006 following reports of a girl being attacked.



A neighbour had overheard a row and called police, who found the girl in the basement "extremely distressed, crying and shaking", prosecutor Noel Lucas QC said.



The youngster had told Karrar she was pregnant in a bid to stop the violence but this only incensed him further and he began shouting verbal abuse, he added.



The girl told police she had been held against her will, raped and repeatedly smacked in the face.



She also claimed her head had been held under a shower and that she had been injected with a drug, the court heard.



The girl was taken to a police station - where photographs were taken of her injuries - but she later dropped her complaint.

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