31 people accused of sexual abuse, many appeared in court

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HUDDERSFIELD: More people charged with the sexual abuse of young girls were appeared here at Kirklees Magistrates Court. Altogether 18 men and one woman that can be named appeared on Wednesday charged with allegations including rape. They are mostly from the Huddersfield and Dewsbury area.

A further 12 men also been charged with allegations including rape were due to appear on Thursday. The charges relate to allegations of sexual abuse of five girls from the Huddersfield area between 2005 and 2012.

No pleas were entered from the 19 defendants who appeared yesterday, and a date of November 1 was set for a preliminary hearing at Leeds Crown Court. Three men appeared in court via a prison video link from HMP Leeds. They cannot be named for legal reasons but face charges of serious sexual offences including rape.

Resident District Judge Michael Fanning has sent all of the men to Leeds Crown Court where they will first appear on November 1. He said: “These are matters which can only be dealt with at Crown Court. I am sending you to Leeds Crown Court to appear on November 1”.

According to a ‘Hudderfield Examiner’ report, four defendants appeared via a video link from HMP Hull. They spoke only to confirm their personal details and also cannot be named due to reporting restrictions. Video links with HMP Leeds have concluded.

Defendants also appeared via video link from HMP Doncaster.  Manzoor Akhtar, 29, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland moor, has reportedly been released on conditional bail. He faces three charges of raping a girl aged between 13 and 15 and a charge of trafficking persons for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Akhtar is bailed with conditions not to contact prosecution witnesses or persons under 18, and must surrender his passport.

Thirty men and one woman were due in court charged with offences linked to child sexual exploitation in Huddersfield. The charges relate to five women and are alleged to have taken place between 2005 and 2012 when the victims were aged between 12 and 18. Charges are include rape, trafficking and sexual assault.

The accused who appeared in court on Wednesday were as follows:

Iftikar Ali, aged 37, of Huddersfield, is charged with attempted rape of girl aged 13-15 and three counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

Usman Ali, aged 32, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.

Mohammed Waqas Anwar, aged 29, of Huddersfield, is charged with five counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.

Mohammed Suhail Arif, aged 30, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of girl aged 13-15.

Amin Ali Choli, aged 36, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female over 16-years-old.

Mohammed Dogar, aged 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of child sex offence.

Banaras Hussain aged 37, of Shipley, is charged with one count of rape of a female over 16.

Banaris Hussain, aged 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with one count of rape of a girl aged 13 – 15.

Basharat Hussain, aged 31, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.

Mubasher Hussain, aged 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15 and sexual assault.

Shaqeel Hussain, aged 35, of Dewsbury, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15 and two counts of trafficking.

Abdul Majid, aged 34, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of female aged 13-15.

Fehreen Rafiq, aged 38, of Huddersfield, she is charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

Gull Riaz, aged 42, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15.

Mohammed Sajjad, aged 31, of Huddersfield, is charged with four counts of rape of a female age 13-15, one rape of a girl under 13 and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

Umar Zaman, aged 30, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.

A further three men also appeaed but can not be named for legal reasons.