NINE men have gone on trial today — across two separate cases — accused of nearly 40 historic child sexual exploitation offences against six girls in Rotherham.
The charges are part of the National Crime Agency’s investigation into historic CSE in the town — dubbed Operation Stovewood — between 1997 and 2013.
Darren Hyett (54), of Broom Chase, Rotherham, is charged with five counts of rape, three counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity with a child and perverting the course of justice.
Hyett’s alleged offending took place between 2004 and 2007 and involved one female complainant who was aged between 15 and 18. His trial is due to last a week.
In a separate trial, eight men are charged with 28 offences against five girls between 1998 and 2005. Their trial is due to last six weeks.
The defendants and charges are as follows:
Ajmal Rafiq (39), of Warwick Street, Rotherham, one count of indecent assault and one count of false imprisonment.
Mohammed Imran Akhtar (37), of Godstone Road, Rotherham, four counts of indecent assault, one count of rape, supplying a controlled drug to another, procuring a girl to have unlawful sex with another, aiding and abetting Tanweer Ali to commit rape, and sexual assault.
Nabeel Kurshid (34), of Weetwood Road, Rotherham, two counts of rape and one of indecent assault.
Asif Ali (33), of Clough Road, Rotherham, three counts of indecent assault.
Iqlak Yousaf (34), of Tooker Road, Rotherham, two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault.
Salah El-Hakam (39), of Tudor Close, Sheffield, one count of rape.
Tanweer Ali (37), of Godstone Road, Rotherham, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of rape, and one count of false imprisonment.
Another man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faces three counts of rape and one of child abduction.
Juries in both trials were sworn in yesterday (Monday) and evidence is due to be heard today.