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Keighley girl, 13, ‘made sick on vodka and cannabis’
A 13-year-old girl was made sick by vodka and cannabis given to her by two men who picked her up from a Keighley park after a chance meeting in the street, she told a court.
In her police video interviews, played to the jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, the teenager said she and her friends were taken to a hotel and on a trip to Blackpool by Shazad Rehman, 30, and Bilal Hussain, 23, who she knew as Yaz and Naz.
She said the men had picked them up from Keighley Railway Station and Lund Park in the town and supplied them with vodka and cannabis.
The girl said she got so drunk in the car the first time she went out with them that she was sick and fell asleep.
Although nothing sexual happened between them she said Rehman had repeatedly asked her to marry him and once cuddled her in the back of the car.
Rehman, of no fixed address, and Hussain, of Neville Road Avenue, Leeds, are accused of pursuing teenage girls in 2010 and 2011, mainly in the Keighley area.
They are said to have raped and assaulted vulnerable underage girls after picking them up in the street and giving them drink and drugs.
One 14-year-old girl suffered multiple rapes at the hands of both men, it is alleged.
Rehman is said to have boasted his victims were “fresh meat”.
The first witness in the trial said she was 13 when she and a friend saw Yaz and Naz when they stopped their car in the street in Keighley and asked: “Where are you going girls?”
They met up and she was given vodka in a plastic cup and “weed” that made her sick.
She drove around with the men, drinking and having a laugh, many times after she turned 14. The court heard that the girl was reported to the police missing 16 times between December, 2010, and March, 2012.
Rehman pleads not guilty to six charges of rape and two of sexual assault.
Hussain denies five allegations of rape and one of common assault.
Both men deny supplying cannabis to underage girls.
Raksar Nawaz, of Rhodes Street, Halifax, pleads not guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a sexual assault on a child.
Rehman, Hussain and Yassar Adalat, 31, of Milton Place, Halifax, all deny witness intimidation.
The trial continues.