Defendant’s ‘reign of terror’ over child

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An alleged victim of a Sheffield man accused of abusing children as young as five has claimed he was subjected to a ‘reign of terror’.

The male complainant, who cannot be named, said he suffered repeated physical beatings from Mohammed Rafiq with plastic skipping ropes and sticks, as well as sexual abuse which started when he was around seven.

Rafiq, of Horninglow Road, Firth Park, denies abusing three children between 1987 and 2002.

He is standing trial at Sheffield Crown Court on 27 charges including rape, indecent assault, indecency with a child and cruelty to children.

The charges relating to the first complainant include indecent assault and cruelty to a person under 16.

In a video interview played to the jury yesterday, the complainant said his nose had been broken ‘a couple of times’ by Rafiq.

He said: “He beat me every opportunity he got.

“He would slap and punch and kick and stamp on me.

“It was a reign of terror.

“You had to cry and beg for mercy until he stopped, otherwise he wouldn’t stop.”

Rafiq denies all the charges. The trial continues.