Woman had "typical relationship" with alleged abuser, court told

Woman had "typical relationship" with alleged abuser, court told

By David Parker | 08/10/2020

Woman had 'typical relationship' with alleged abuser, court told


A WOMAN who was allegedly raped as a child told a court that she had a “typical boyfriend and girlfriend relationship” with her alleged abuser.

The woman told Sheffield Crown Court that she had never felt forced or pressured into sex by Azad Raja, who is accused of raping her multiple times in the early 2000s.

Raja (37), of Adney Street, Sheffield, is on trial accused of three counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault against the woman, who we are referring to as Girl A, between April 2001 and April 2004.

Yasir Iqbal Hussain (37), of Norborough Road, Tinsley, and Faisel Hussain (33), of Lovetot Road, Kimberworth, are on trial alongside him accused of five child sexual exploitation offences.

The case involves the alleged sexual abuse of two schoolgirls in Rotherham and Meadowhall in the early 2000s when they could have been as young as 13 and the defendants were aged between 15 and 20.

Mr Stephen Bailey, representing Raja, said to Girl A during cross-examination on Wednesday: “Your relationship was a typical boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.”

Girl A said: “Yes”

Mr Bailey said: “If you weren’t happy with something, you would tell him.”

Girl A said: “Yes”

Girl A said she once had a tattoo done which made a reference to her relationship with Raja.

She told the court that she had been confident and mature when she was 13 to 14.

Mr Bailey said: “If someone or somebody upset you, would you quite clearly tell that person you were unhappy?”

She said: “Yes.”

Girl A said she would visit Meadowhall with Girl B, the other complainant in the case, and Raja at the weekends.

She said Raja had been nice and had treated her well.

Mr Bailey said: “So far as sex is concerned, did you ever feel he forced you or pressured you into sex?”

Girl A said: “No.”

Mr Bailey said: “When you first met him you told him you were 16.”

Girl A said: “No, I didn’t.”

Raja is accused of raping the girl in a lift near the old Sainsbury’s supermarket In Meadowhall, at his parents' house, and in a shelter in a field in Tinsley when she was about 13 or 14 and Raja woud have been 19.

She said: "I used to have sex with him, sometimes two times a day, three times a week.

"It was at least 50 times outside."

The defendants, who have been charged as part of the National Crime Agency’s investigation into abuse in Rotherham, deny all of the charges.

The trial continues.

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