Sunday, 26 May 2019

Sister took girl to house for rape, court told

A GIRL was raped after her older sister took her to a house in Henley, a court heard.

A GIRL was raped after her older sister took her to a house in Henley, a court heard.

The child, who was 11 at the time, said she was left “literally shaking” after the attack in Queen Close.

She said her sister told her to do as she was told because it was “spiritual”, Oxford Crown Court heard.

Hammad Rehman, 36, of Caversham Road, Reading, has denied orally raping a child under the age of 13 and sexual assault of a child by touching between October 1 and November 30, 2011.

A 23-year-old woman from Caversham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has denied arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

The court heard that the girl’s sister had told their middle sister that she was taking her to an Eid party. She gave her £10 to go to the cinema and told her to tell their mother that they were going to see the film together.

Instead, the woman, who was then pregnant with her second child, took the girl and her baby to Wembley Central station and caught a train to Henley.

The court heard the sisters went to Hammad’s home and watched television with his three children. The girl, who gave evidence in court from behind a screen, said she could not remember leaving the room and going to the office where the first alleged sexual attack took place.

The girl, who is now 13, said: “I was literally shaking because nothing that serious had happened before.”

She confided in her other sister about a week later and told her what had happened.

Sally Mealing-McLeod, prosecuting, said: “She was crying and clearly upset when she was telling her sister.”

The court heard the girl tried to tell a teaching assistant while on a school trip but couldn’t say it out loud so wrote it in a text message.

Ms Mealing-McLeod said: “She said that her older sister had taken her to an older man’s house three or four times and forced her to have sex with him and lied to her mother about where she was taking her.

“She also said that her older sister had told her that she should do as she was told because it was, quote, spiritual.”

Ms Mealing-McLeod said the girl was “scared” and didn’t want her mother to find out because she was unwell.

The teaching assistant reported the matter to the school safeguarding officer who spoke to the deputy head and social services and the police were alerted.

The court heard that when Rehman was arrested, he said the girl had visited his house but she had always been in the company of his partner and his children.

He said that the girl’s elder sister had wanted him to speak to her about being promiscuous with boys at school and the girl had made up the allegations to get back at him.

The victim’s sister admitted to lying to their mother about where she was taking the girl but said they were social visits.

She said she had told their mother that the girl had been talking to an older boy and her sister had made up the allegations to get back at her.

The girl told the court that she had been simply friendly with a boy in sixth form at the time.

The trial continues.

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