A TEENAGE girl who has accused a gang of men of using her as a sexual plaything was raped by two of them in an East Lancashire park.

Then aged 15 or 16 she told police that she was taken to Blackburn’s Corporation Park by the older men, including Amar Amin and Nadeem Arif.


Prosecutor Tim Evans told Burnley Crown Court that while the group were drinking and smoking cannabis, Amin took the girl into some woods.

He was talking to the drunken teenager at first but then pinned her to the ground and raped her.

Mr Evans said Arif then arrived at the wooded area and Amin, who had been holding the girl by her neck, flipped her over, while Arif raped her from behind. She was left lying in the grove for two hours before she went home.

Jurors heard she told no-one about the incident as she thought she would be blamed for visiting the park with the men. The court heard the upset prompted her to make several attempts on her own life.

The girl also told police how she was raped by one of the gang, Mohammed Rafique, and a man, who is not being tried for medical reasons.

She alleges she was taken to a Middleton hotel by Rafique and the other man, in February 2000, after being drugged via a bottle of pop.

Jurors heard the men took turns in raping her on a hotel bed. Later she made a complaint to the police and Rafique’s DNA was found after swabs were taken from the girl. But the case was dropped.

The girl has also accused Abbas Khan, an Accrington Market trader, of raping her in the back of a van there and molesting her near his stall.

His son-in-law, Ijaz Khan, was introduced to her and is said to have abused her in the van and raped her at a house in Todmorden.

Another man she was introduced to, Javid Raza, is alleged to have indecently assaulted her.

The abuse is said to have began when the girl was 13 and lasted for around five years. All six men were arrested and interviewed concerning the girl’s allegations.

Abbas Khan denied the abuse and insisted he believed the girl 'would not have let anyone mess around with her'.

Under interview, Ijaz Khan said he never talked to the girl much while working at the market and denied any sexual contact with her.

Raza said he was a happily-married father-of-three and 'shocked' by the claims.

Arif and Amin said they had only been in Corporation Park for a mela festival in 2005 and denied the joint rape. Rafique accused the girl of making up the allegations. He made no comment when challenged with the DNA evidence.

Abbas Khan, 59, of Hubie Street, denies six rapes and 10 indecent assaults and Ijaz Khan, 47, Casterton Avenue, both Burnley, denies one rape and eight indecent assaults and Raza, 59, of Crosshill Road, Blackburn, denies six indecent assaults.

Amin, 36, from Manchester, and Arif, of St James Court, Blackburn, deny one rape. Rafique, of Moss Avenue, Rochdale, denies rape and indecent assault.

The trial continues.