TEN men charged with historic child sex offences against nine girls have pleaded not guilty to all the offences.
The defendants were today split into two separate trials and will stand trial next year at Sheffield Crown Court.
A trial expected to last eight weeks will begin on September 3, 2018, and will feature the following defendants who are charged with a total of 24 offences which took place between 1998 to 2003 against four girls:
Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar — four counts of indecent assault, supplying a controlled drug to another, rape, procuring a girl to have unlawful sexual intercourse with another, aiding and abeting Tanweer Ali to rape, sexual assault.
Nabeel Kurshid — rape, indecent assault, rape joint offence with Yousaf
Iqlak Yousaf — rape, indecent assault, rape joint offence with Kurshid,
Ajmal Rafiq — false imprisonment jointly charged with Tanweer Ali, indecent assault
Salah Ahmed El-Hakam — rape
Aftab Hussain — Three counts of rape, child abduction
Tanweer Ali also appeared charged with two counts of indecent assault, two counts of rape and false imprisonment with Ajmal Rafiq, but did not enter any pleas.
Akhtar and Rafiq did not enter pleas for the offences they are jointly charged with Tanweer Ali on.
A second trial, expected to last six weeks, will begin on November 12, 2018, and will feature the following defendants who are charged with 16 offences between 1998 and 2002 against five girls:
Aftab Hussain — two counts of indecent assault.
Sharaz Hussain — indecent assault
Abid Saddiq — five counts of indecent assault, three counts of rape, rape (jointly charged with Ahsen and Khaliq).
Waseem Khaliq — rape (jointly charged with Saddiq and Ahsen).
Masaued Malik — indecent assault
Mohammed Ahsen, who is jointly charged with rape alongside Saddiq and Khaliq, plus another count of rape and two counts of indecent assault, did not appear in court today to enter any pleas but his co-accused both pleaded not guilty to the joint charge of rape.
All the men will next appear at the same court on June 29.