Girl in grooming trial denies being so drunk she could not remember sexual encounter (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Girl in grooming trial denies being so drunk she could not remember sexual encounter
A TEENAGER giving evidence in the trial of three men and a youth who are accused of grooming and sexually exploiting several young girls has denied that she was so drunk during one incident she could not remember what had happened.
The girl was quizzed at Teesside Crown Court about drinking vodka and how much it would take for her to get drunk.
She has admitted carrying out sex acts on one of the defendants, Junaid Butt, and another man who is not on trial.
Referring to one sexual encounter, David Taylor, for Mr Butt, said: “You had so much to drink that you cannot remember what went on.”
The complainant replied: “I can remember.”
Under cross examination from Mr Taylor, the girl, whose evidence was relayed to the court room via a television screen, denied she would regularly pretend to other people that she was older than she actually was.
She admitted that she had been reluctant to go to the police with her allegations and had initially wrongly told officers that nothing sexual had occurred.
The prosection in the trial says the alleged victims were vulnerable for one reason or another and were sometimes passed around between the defendants, who are said to be loosely connected to each other.
Mr Butt, 18, of Kensington Road, Middlesbrough, denies sexual activity with a child and arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence.
Ibrar Mahmood, also 18, of Breckon Hill Road, Middlesbrough, denies four charges of sexual activity with a child and three of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Fellow co-accused Shakil Munir, 32, a taxi driver of Tollesby Road, Middlesbrough, denies four counts of sexual activity with a child and child abduction.
A 17-year-old male youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence.
The trial, which is in its fifth day of evidence and which is expected to last three weeks, continues.