A police officer in Rotherham dismissed claims of child sexual abuse by a 12-year-old girl and told her she was lying, Sheffield crown court heard.
The complainant, who is now 31, reported the abuse she suffered to an officer after telling a staff member at the care home where she lived about being assaulted.
In an interview taped by police ahead of the trial and shown to the jury, she said the officer took her out of the home in a car to discuss the matter. He drove her down a country lane and told her she was making up the stories. The complainant said: “He ripped loads of paperwork up and said I was lying.”
He did not take a statement from her and she did not hear from any other police officers afterwards, the court heard. She said she did not know the officer’s name, but he was known by girls at the home as “Kimble the thimble”.
A second complainant in the trial said she had a baby after being raped by two of the defendants at a pub. The woman, now 36, claimed she started being abused, aged 11, at the hands of “Mad Ash”, a man the prosecution say is defendant Arshid Hussain.
Hussain is one of five men and two women who deny being part of a Rotherham child grooming ring. The alleged victim said she had seen Arshid Hussain and another defendant, Sajid Bostan, at the Prince of Wales hotel in Masbrough, and after chatting to them was persuaded to go to an upstairs room.
The woman said Ash pinned her down and raped her, adding: “After he finished, he spat in my face and said, ‘Here Saj, you can do whatever you want now.’” She said Bostan then had sex with her while Ash pinned her down and her legs were tied in the bedsheet.
The woman said: “I was asking them not to treat me like this. His answer was, ‘because I can’.” She said about six weeks later she found out that she was pregnant.
Meanwhile, the first complainant said the abuse started when she was about 12 and went on for years. She told of her terrifying experience aged 16 or 17 when she was taken to Blackpool and locked in a room above a restaurant and forced to have sex with men over several months.
She alleged she was initially made to work in a restaurant but was then forced into sex with strangers – including the restaurant owner, known as “Mo”, his son “Acky”, and “an Asian guy with an American accent”.
She told police that Mo would have sex with her on a daily basis and spoke about taking her out of the country to marry him. The woman added: “He was saying he was going to take me to Pakistan to be his wife. It made me feel terrified. I didn’t think I was going to Pakistan, I thought I was just going to disappear.”
When she eventually escaped she had several diseases including scabies and gonorrhoea. She said the home she lived in allowed the man accused of abusing her, Basharat Hussain, to pick her up with other men as long as they brought her back by 11pm.
On the first occasion, Hussain allegedly asked her if she was still a virgin. She told him she was and was then forced to perform sex acts on three men, including Hussain.
“I was in a car on my own. I was a 12-year-old girl. They had taken us out, we had food and drink. I just thought it is what I had to do,” she said. She said she was dropped off at the children’s home and told she would be picked up again the following day.
Under cross-examination by Hussain’s defence lawyer, the woman accepted she was being represented by solicitors pursuing a claim for damages against South Yorkshire police and Rotherham council. But she denied coming forward after seeing “an opportunity to make some money”.
The alleged victim said she had come forward after the then South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, Shaun Wright, spoke on TV about the publication of the Jay report, into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
She said she decided to speak out because he had said “he wasn’t aware of anything that had gone on”. She added: “I felt Shaun Wright was lying and I needed people to know he was lying, but I didn’t want to go public.”
Hussain denies having met the woman in person. The 39-year-old, of no fixed abode, denies one rape, five indecent assaults, one count of procuring a girl under 21 to have unlawful sexual intercourse with another, false imprisonment, three counts of indecency with a child, one count of procuring a woman under 21 to become a common prostitute, two assaults occasioning actual bodily harm, and one count of making threats to kill.
All seven defendants in the case deny all 52 counts including rape, indecent assault, conspiracy to rape, false imprisonment and procuring a woman for prostitution or sex with another.