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Kirklees grooming gang jury discharged

The trial is expected to restart later this week with a fresh jury.

The jury for three men from Kirklees on trial accused of raping a 12-year-old girl between 2003 and 2006 have been discharged.

The Jury at Leeds Crown Court was dismissed by judge Geoffrey Marson QC for legal reasons.

Khurum Raziq, Nasar Hussain and a third man who cannot be named are accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Kirklees on several occasions between 2003 to 2006.

Khurum Raziq, 40, of Hilltop Estate, Heckmondwike, denies eight counts of rape between September 2003 and January 2004.

Nasar Hussain, 44, of Brunswick Street, Dewsbury denies three counts of rape between January 2005 and January 2006.

The third defendant faces two counts of rape said to have taken place between April 2004 and January 2006.

The judge explained that this defendant, who was not in court, was not “medically or mentally” fit to stand trial and the jury did not have to decide if he was guilty or not but whether he “did the act” alleged.

Prosecutor David Brooke QC said the victim, who was twelve at the time, met Mr Raziq in 2003 when he was working as a pizza delivery driver in Batley.

The court heard that Mr Raziq raped her multiple times over the following five months and that her mother said that she went from a “mummy’s girl” to skipping school and going missing.

The prosecutor also said the young girl told police she was in a relationship with a 21-year-old man called Khurum when she was picked up by police after being reported missing.

Mr Raziq denied the accusations when interviewed by police at the time and was released on bail before a decision to take no further action was made. When arrested in 2018, Mr Raziq denied accusations of having sexual contact with the girl.

Mr Brooke said the alleged victim stopped having contact with Mr Raziq in 2004 but she would “walk around Batley and Dewsbury town centres and cars with Asian men would pull alongside them and pick them up”.

He also said the victim would “drink and some cannabis and end up having sex with the males.” He added: “The way she explained it was that she was just passed around.

“In her view, she was seen as ‘fresh meat’.”

When interviewed by the police, Mr Hussain told officers that he believed the girl was over the age of 16 at the time and all sexual contact had been consensual.

Both of the named men deny their charges.

The trial is expected to restart later this week with a fresh jury.

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