Ex-lord Nazir Ahmed's alleged victim tells court: 'There's more of us'

Ex-lord Nazir Ahmed's alleged victim tells court: 'There's more of us'

By David Parker | 18/02/2021

Ex-lord Nazir Ahmed's alleged victim tells court: 'There's more of us'
Nazir Ahmed arriving at an earlier hearing

 

A WOMAN who alleges she was sexually abused by former Rotherham peer Nazir Ahmed told another complainant that she was seeking justice for all of his victims, a court heard.

The woman, who claims she was abused by the ex-Labour peer as a young girl, said in a telephone conversation with the second complainant in the trial: “There’s more of us.

“It takes just one to break the silence and it helps others to come forward.

“It’s not just for me, it’s for you and all the other children who Nazir Ahmed sexually abused.”

The recording was played to jurors at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday where Ahmed is on trial accused of historical sex offences.

The ex-Rotherham councillor (63), of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham is accused of sexually assaulting the boy between 1971 and 1972 and of attempting to rape the girl between 1973 and 1974.

Ahmed faces counts of buggery, indecent assault and two counts of attempted rape.

His brothers, Mohammed Farouq and Mohammed Tariq, are accused of assaulting the same boy.

Tariq (65), of Gerard Road, Rotherham, faces two counts of indecent assault and Farouq (70), of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, faces four counts of indecent assault. But they cannot be convicted by the jury because they were ruled not fit to plead on health grounds.

The jury has been asked to decide whether Farouq and Tariq committed the acts but cannot find them guilty of any criminal offences.

Tariq is accused of assaulting the boy between July 1968 and November 1972 and Farouq is accused of assaulting the same boy between January 1970 and November 1972.

Mr Tom Little, prosecuting, said the three brothers repeatedly sexually abused the complainants over a number of years.

“Those who were abused were too young to stop it and too young to do anything about it,” he said.

“Those that it happened to kept it buried away for many years as, we say, is so often the case.

“However, it is no longer buried away. They have now complained not just to those they know and love, but, more recently, to the police.”

Mr Little said the brothers — in their late teens and early 20s at the time of the offences — sexually abused the complainants in two properties in Rotherham.

He said the defendants had hoped the criminal acts would never see the light of day, but now they had, and one of them had apologised to one of the complainants many years later for what he had done.

The complainants reported the abuse to police separately in 2016.

Mr Little said: “[Ahmed]’s case is that this did not occur and it’s all a malicious fiction.”

He said the brothers also maintained it did not happen.

Ahmed denies all of the charges and his brothers were ruled not fit to plead. The trial continues.
 


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