AN ALLEGED child sex offender said he never sexually assaulted a schoolgirl - and had in fact lost his virginity to an older woman.
Yasir Iqbal Hussain (38), who is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court accused of two counts of indecent assault, told a jury today that he had taken no notice of the girl when he had met her at the older woman's house.
Hussain is on trial alongside Azad Akram Raja and Faisel Hussain, who between them are accused of six child sex offences as part of the National Crime Agency's investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
Azad Raja (left) and Yasir Hussain (right, grey suit) leaving Sheffield Crown Court today
Prosecutor Ms Jayne Beckett has told the jury that the case involved the sexual abuse of two schoolgirls in the early 2000s when they could have been as young as 13 and the defendants were aged between 15 and 20.
The schoolgirls would hang around Meadowhall and around Sheffield where they would meet older men.
Yasir Hussain's alleged victim, who we are referring to as Girl A, previously told the jury that Hussain had slept with her twice at an older woman's house.
Ms Beckett said: "She [Girl A] was introduced as Azad's girlfriend."
Hussain said: "That's correct."
Ms Beckett said: "Did you take any notice of her?"
Hussain said: "Nope."
Ms Beckett said: "So, for example, were you attracted to her?"
Hussain said: "Nope."
Ms Beckett said: "Did you think she had quite a womanly, attractive figure?"
Hussain said: "I never noticed."
Hussain said he had not sexually assaulted Girl A and had in fact lost his virginity with the older woman.
Ms Beckett said: "Is the reality that you lost your virginity to the attractive blonde who looked older than she said she was?"
Hussain said: "That's not correct, no."
Hussain said he had never found out that Raja's relationship with Girl A had been "sexual".
Ms Beckett said: "So, if I was to suggest you were taking advantage of [Girl A], what would you say?"
Hussain said: "No."
Hussain said he had never been known by the nickname Gaz - a name the prosecution say that the defendant had used at the time.
He said he had been known as Yas, Yasir and Junior.
Hussain said that years later he had accepted a Facebook friend request from Girl A.
He said he had accepted her as a friend because she had told him that "she used to go out with Azad".
Ms Beckett said: "Do you accept that at best she was someone you bumped into all those years ago?"
Hussain said he accepted that was the case but he had "just accepted it [the friend request]".
He denied Ms Beckett's suggestion that he had accepted the request because it had been from a girl he had "rather fancied and slept with twice".
Hussain said he had been receiving phone calls from unknown callers "making mischief and threatening him".
He denied Ms Beckett's suggestion that these claims had been an attempt to beef up his case that Girl A and others had been "out to get him".
The jury has been asked by the judge to return a not guilty verdict in relation to a count of rape against Yasir Hussain.
Raja (38), of Adney Street, Sheffield, faces two counts of indecent assault against Girl A.
Faisel Hussain (34), of Lovetot Road, Kimberworth, faces two counts of indecent assault against a second woman, Girl B.
All of the defendants deny the charges.
The trial continues.