ROTHERHAM TRIAL: Defendant sent Facebook messages to complainant

Sheffield Crown Court
Sheffield Crown Court
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A defendant in the Rotherham child abuse case said he did not know any of the girls who made complaints against him – despite messaging them on Facebook.

Ishtiaq Khaliq, aged 33, told Sheffield Crown Court yesterday that he ‘had no business’ with the three women who have made allegations of a sexual nature against him.
But the court heard he had sent messages to at least two of the complainants on Facebook.
Khaliq sent a ‘thumbs-up’ emoji to one complainant and had a series of messages with another.
One of the messages, from a complainant to Khaliq, said: “I’m gonna block you again.”
Under cross examination, Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said this message suggested familiarity. Khaliq denied her assertion.
Ms Colborne said: “You full well knew her, didn’t you?”
Khaliq replied: “I didn’t know that woman.”
Khaliq was also asked about his nickname ‘Ishy’, which all complainants referred to. However, Khaliq said he knew at least ten people called Ishy in the town.
Khaliq,of Carlisle Street, Rotherham, denies one charge of rape and three of indecent assault.
Seven other defendants involved all deny charges against them. The trial continues.