Nine men facing child sex charges

Earlier this year nine Asian men were convicted of the systematic grooming and sexual abuse of white girls in Heywood and Rochdale

Earlier this year nine Asian men were convicted of the systematic grooming and sexual abuse of white girls in Heywood and Rochdale

First published in National News © by

Nine men have been charged following an investigation into child sexual exploitation.

The charges relate to offences committed separately against one teenage girl in the Rochdale area by different men between 2008 and 2009, Greater Manchester Police said.

Earlier this year nine Asian men were convicted of the systematic grooming and sexual abuse of white girls in Heywood and Rochdale. The trial resulted in a national debate over the role of gangs of mainly Asian men in grooming white girls.

Keir Starmer, QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said that a generation of girls had been betrayed by the justice system's flawed approach to sexual exploitation. He has ordered a major overhaul of the Crown Prosecution Service's response to sex grooming, with the aim of increasing the number of convictions.

Mr Starmer admitted that a failure to understand the nature of abuse by police, prosecutors and the courts meant that men who groomed teenagers for sex had escaped justice for decades, The Times said.

Mr Starmer told the newspaper: "In a number of cases presented to us, particularly in cases involving groups, there's clearly an issue of ethnicity that has to be understood and addressed. As prosecutors we shouldn't shy away from that. But if we're honest it's the approach to the victims, the credibility issue, that causes these cases not to be prosecuted in the past. There was a lack of understanding."

Mr Starmer said there were "a number of assumptions, myths and stereotypes" about victims of sexual assault that led to flawed assessments of the credibility of their evidence, which too often meant prosecutors ruled there was insufficient evidence to bring charges.

On Tuesday night police said Freddy Kendakumana, 26, of Illminster, Rochdale, had been charged with three counts of rape, attempted rape and four counts of sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on November 7. Roheez Khan, 26, of Ashfield Road, Rochdale, has been charged with 10 counts of sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear before Bury magistrates on November 8. Chola Chansa, 32, of Ilminster, Rochdale, has been charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on November 9.

Ali Asghar Hussain Shah, 39, of Lyefield Walk, Rochdale, has been charged with sexual activity and inciting sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on November 22. Anjam Masood, 30, of Marne Crescent, Rochdale, has been charged with sexual activity and inciting sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on November 21.

Asrar Haider, 38, of Chamber House Drive, Castleton, Rochdale, has been charged with sexual activity and inciting sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on November 21. Abdul Huk, 36, of Ouldfield Close, Rochdale, has been charged with sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on November 23. Mohammed Rafiq, 31, of Allington, Freehold, Rochdale, has been charged with sexual activity and inciting sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on December 5. Mohammed Ali, 27, of Exbury, Rochdale, has been charged with sexual activity with a child under 16. He has been bailed to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on December 6.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree