Rotherham trial: Teenage girl ‘brought to Sheffield for torture and sexual abuse’

A teenage abuse victim was repeatedly brought to Sheffield where she was tortured and forced to have sex with Asian men, a court heard.

Saturday, 19th December 2015, 6:58 am
Arshid Hussain outside Sheffield Crown Court

The girl was allegedly tied up while men ‘lined up’ to perform sex acts on her – and once her shoes were set on fire while she wore them.

Details emerged at Sheffield Crown Court in the trial of five men and two women who deny being part of a Rotherham child grooming gang.

The jury heard another complainant – Girl B – allege that a detective ‘had sex with girls’ and was involved in passing drugs to one defendant.

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Girl E, who is now a 33-year-old woman, also said she was forced to store guns and drugs in her bedroom for defendant Basharat Hussain – and was told she would be killed if she didn’t.

A jury heard video evidence from Girl E about a series of incidents involving brothers Basharat and Arshid Hussain in which she said she was subjected to physical violence and sexual assaults in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

On one occasion it is alleged she was taken to a flat – which the court has previously been told was in Sheffield – by Basharat where there were Asian men present including his brother Arshid.

She said: “Bash and another man grabbed hold of me, ripped up a sheet and put it round my face so I couldn’t see and tied my hands and feet together.

“They shoved me down in the corner so I couldn’t see.

“They poured petrol on my feet and then I heard other people having sex. I was petrified, it was horrible.”

The woman said: “I thought I was going to die. I thought they were going to burn me. I was feeling like dead and numb.”

She said on another occasion, her shoes had been set on fire.

The woman said that the majority of time she went to the flat ‘it was full of people’.

She said: “They used to tie me up quite a lot.”

On one occasion men in the flat had ‘lined up’ as she was forced to perform sex acts on them, one after another.

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The woman said she came from a ‘happy home’ with ‘no problems’ and first met Basharat Hussain when she was around 14 years old via a friend’s boyfriend.

She said he was in his 20s when they met and at first appeared to be ‘lovely, kind and genuine’.

The woman said Hussain pressurised her into having sex with him on her 16th birthday at a ‘disgusting’ flat on Clough Road, Masbrough, that she believed was owned by Hussain’s father.

She said Hussain first became violent towards her when they were in Sheffield, close to where the Boundary Mill store now sits.

After she asked him if he was OK after he had an ‘angry’ phone conversation with someone in another language, ‘he grabbed me by the throat and he said ‘It’s nothing to do with you, you are nothing but a slag’.

The woman said he tied her hands together but when he got out of the car to take another phone call, she managed to escape and hide in some bushes.

“I was petrified,” she said.

The woman said Hussain later forced her to hide guns and drugs for him in her bedroom.

She said he arranged for a derelict house near to her parents’ property to be burned down.

The woman said: “He said ‘I have burnt this house down, I can easily burn yours down with your family in it’.”

She said she was thought she would be killed if she refused due to the threats Hussain was making to her.

“He said he would kill me and make sure he would get rid of my body, it sounded like he really meant them at the time. I believed he would.”

She said: “It all happened really quick. From being a young girl that knocked about with my friends to I’m sat here with drugs in my house.”

The trial continues.