Child sex abuse trial: Defendant "tried to take girl to Pakistan"

By Dave Doyle | 12/01/2016 0 comments

Child sex abuse trial: Defendant 'tried to take girl to Pakistan'

A WOMAN claims abuse trial defendant Basharat Hussain tried to take her to Pakistan when he was on the run from police.

The 30-year-old woman — who said Hussain left her fearing for her life on one occasion after threatening to shoot her — says she was driven to an airport and expected to board a flight, but could not go through with it.

She claims Hussain had trapped her in a physically, psychologically and sexually abusive relationship from the age of 15, during which he made several threats to kill her.

She told police in an interview: “I never wanted to go to Pakistan.

“His cousin drove me to the airport but when I got there I couldn’t do it.

“I just couldn’t go because I knew what my life would be, there.”

The woman, who cannot be named, also claims “controlling” Hussain told her how to dress and behave and once locked her in a flat for two days after dragging her home from a night out in Barnsley with friends.

“I was scared,” she said. “I had no power at all. He kept me there just because he could.”

The woman said Hussain kept the keys to the second-floor flat in his pocket while he got "off his head" on drink and drugs for two nights.

Asked why she did not take the keys and leave, she replied: “I couldn't. When I was with him I was just a meek mouse.

“I was his property. I just felt numb.”

The woman says Hussain once even sent her a text message telling her “point blank” that he was going to shoot her.

“I was on my way to start a work placement,” she told police. “I was having nothing to do with him then.

“He sent me a message saying he was going to shoot me. From a man like him, I took that very seriously.”

Asked if she felt her life was in danger, she said: "Yes, definitely."

Hussain denies two charges of assault against the woman, one of indecent assault and one of threats to kill.

The trial continues.


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