A TRIAL date has been set for a former peer accused of sexually abusing two children in the early 1970s.
Nazir Ahmed (64), of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, is due to stand trial at Sheffield Crown Court on November 16 accused of historical sex offences against a boy and a girl.
The former Labour peer will appear alongside his brothers Mohammed Farouq (70) and Mohammed Tariq (65) who have also been accused of assault but have been deemed not fit to plead on health grounds.
Farouq and Tariq will face a trial of the facts and the jury will be asked to determine whether they did the acts they are accused of.
The new trial date was set at a hearing held today at Sheffield Crown Court that was not attended by the defendants.
Mohammed Farouq at an earlier hearing at Sheffield Crown Court
Ahmed is accused of sexually assaulting a boy between 1971 and 1972 and of attempting to rape a girl between 1973 and 1974.
The former Rotherham councillor has denied all the charges against him, including buggery, indecent assault and two counts of attempted rape.
Tariq, of Gerard Road, Rotherham, faces two counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1972 and Farouq, of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, faces four counts of indecent assault between 1970 and 1972.
Mohammed Tariq at an earlier hearing at Sheffield Crown Court
The three defendants were put on trial in February but Judge Jeremy Richardson, the Recorder of Sheffield, stopped proceedings after two days of evidence and permanently stayed the indictment after a series of late disclosures by the prosecution.
The Crown Prosecution Service appealed the decision, which the Court of Appeal upheld, and it quashed Judge Richardson’s ruling.
The trial is estimated to last four weeks.