A 15-year-old girl at the centre of a major sex crimes trial was accused today of lying in a police interview.
When questioned by detectives, the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons and was 13 at the time of the alleged offences, said she had told Razwan Razaq (then 28) that she was “14 or 15” before they had sex.
Barristers representing Razaq at Sheffield Crown Court insisted that the girl had told Razaq that she was 16 and old enough to legal consent to sex.
The girl, who was being cross-examined via video link, denied the claim. Razaq (now 30), of Oxford Street, Clifton, is one of eight men on trial for a total of 23 sexual offences.
The defendants—also including Adil Hussain (20), of Nelson Street, Rotherham town centre, Saeed Hussain (29), of Hatherley Road, Eastwood, Shalzaad Hussain (22), of Clough Road, Masborough, Mohsin Khan (22), of Haworth Crescent, Moorgate, Zafran Ramzan (21) of Broom Grove, Broom, Umar Razaq (24), of Oxford Street, Clifton, and Shazad Akbar (23), of Shirecliffe Lane, Shirecliffe, Sheffield—all deny the charges against them.
The trial continues.