Judge begins summing up evidence in Sheffield child sexual exploitation trial

A judge has started summing up the evidence in the trial of five men and one woman accused of child sexual exploitation offences.

Monday, 13th March 2017, 10:51 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 3:42 pm
Amanda Spencer

The suspects are accused of a total of 42 charges, involving nine alleged victims, between them.

The offences are alleged to have been committed in Sheffield between 2005 and 2012.

Amanda Spencer and Christopher Whiteley are alleged to have played 'key roles' in a Sheffield child prostitution ring in which girls as young as 12 were forced to engage in sexual activity.

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Jurors heard claims Spencer, aged 25, formerly of Canklow Road, Canklow, Rotherham, and Whiteley, 23, of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, befriended young girls, plied them with alcohol, drugs, make-up and attention before forcing them to carry out sex acts against their will.

Spencer is charged with aiding and abetting rape and child prostitution offences.

Whiteley, is alleged to have raped and sexual assaulted girls when he was between 13 and 16-years-old. He is also accused of conspiracy to rape and child prostitution offences.

His brothers Shane Whiteley, 29 and Matthew Whitley, 24, both of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe, are also alleged to have been involved in the child prostitution ring.

Shane is charged with child prostitution offences and conspiracy to rape offences and Matthew is accused of child prostitution offences, conspiracy to rape and sexual activity with a child.

Taleb Bapir, 38, of Verdon Street, Verdon Street, Burngreave, is accused of raping a girl aged between 15 and 16-years-old.

Andre Francis-Edge, 25, of Wheatley Road, Parson Cross, is charged with rape, conspiracy to rape and a child prostitution offence.

The defendants deny all the charges against them.