Sex claim schoolgirl was ‘rude’ in Sheffield dessert parlour

Rassam Ali
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A schoolgirl who has claimed a Sheffield businessman ordered her to perform a sex act on him was ‘rude and cheeky’, a court heard.

The 15-year-old girl, who was 14 at the time, has accused dessert bar owner Rassam Ali of inviting her back to his premises after hours and undressing in front of her.

But Ali, giving evidence at Sheffield Crown Court, said it never happened and denies sexual activity with a child.

Ali, aged 24, said the girl and her friend started coming into Rassam’s on Staniforth Road, Darnall, in summer 2013.

He said: “When they first started coming in they would buy milkshakes and food, sit down and talk, then shout at boys across the road and swear at each other. We used to tell them to calm down.

“She was rude and cheeky. She used to come in and spill milkshake and cakes on the floor.

“I told her to get out and not come back again but she would come back.

“Even when there’s a queue of customers she would say, ‘Give us a milkshake.’”

Ali said on one occasion, the girl went through a door under the till which was clearly marked ‘staff only’ and ended up behind the counter.

“I was really angry and told her to get out,” he said.

“She said, ‘I’m not leaving until you give me my milkshake’.”

Ali said the girl sent her a friend request on Facebook but he did not accept it as he never accepts customers’ friend requests.

He was also Facebook ‘poked’ by her in December 2013, around the time of the alleged offence.

Ali, originally from Yemen, came to Sheffield about ten years ago and worked for his father’s business until saved up enough money to open his own shop, Rassam Day 2 Day.

He opened a further five businesses, mostly in Darnall.

He opened Rassam’s after seeing similar dessert bar businesses in Yemen.

The trial continues.

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