Sheffield grooming gang to stand trial next year for raping girl 15

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SHEFFIELD: Eight men are due to stand trial charged with raping and trafficking the same 15-yer-old girl early next year. The men have been charged with crimes including rape and trafficking against one teenager between 2010 and 2011, Daily Mail has reported.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and the men have been charged as part of an ongoing multi-agency investigation in the area. 

Usman Din, 34, of Sheffield, is charged with three counts of rape and one count of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Tony Ejoune, 61, of Sheffield, is charged with one count of rape. Shangar Ibrahimi, 29, of Barnsley, faces one rape charge.

Farhad Mirzae, 29, of Sheffield, is charged with two counts of rape. Kawan Omar Ahmed, 29, of Sheffield, is charged with one count of rape.

Saman Mohammed, 41, of Sheffield, is also charged with one count of rape. Jasim Mohammed, 37, of Sheffield, faces charges of three counts of rape.

Nzar Anwar, 40, also from Sheffield, is charged with one count of rape and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

And Saba Mohammed, 40, from Sheffield, is charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

At a pre-trial review yesterday, Sheffield Crown Court heard four of the men will require an interpreter for their trial, which will start on January 6.

Kamaran Mahmoodi and Soran Ali Karim were both charged with one count of rape, but failed to appear at an earlier magistrates’ court hearing.

Judge Michael Slater told the nine in the dock: ‘You will next be required to attend before the court on December 16. ‘I reiterate, the trial date is January 6, with an estimate of six weeks. If you fail to attend your trial, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and it will be very damaging for you.’