There you have modern day 7th century Britain……
Detective ‘was taped warning alleged child grooming victim that police officers who saw her being abused would not give evidence – because they might get in trouble for not stopping it’
An alleged victim of Arshid Hussain, pictured seating in wheelchair, recorded police officers when she went to make a complaint about him
- Five men and two women are on trial over alleged grooming ring
- One of the complainants recorded police when she made a complaint
- Transcript shown to jury says detective told her police wouldn’t testify
- He said officers wouldn’t make statements if they thought they would ‘get in the s***’ for not acting
A detective in the Rotherham abuse case was recorded by an alleged victim saying police wouldn’t give evidence in case they got in trouble for not acting sooner, a court heard.
Arshid Hussain is one of five men and two women standing trial over an alleged grooming ring in the South Yorkshire town from 1987 to 2003.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that one of the complainants in the case recorded a policeman involved in the investigation on her mobile phone in 2013 as she spoke about Hussain.
The woman, who is now 30, is said to have told police that she had been found having sex with Hussain aged just 14 on a day she was arrested for stealing.
She asked police to look into whether there were any records from the police who found her, showing she was with the defendant, the Sheffield Star reported.
But, in a transcript provided to the jury, DC Lee Robinson said: ‘If they walked in there and they saw you were having sex on the floor and they know you’re only 14 and they’ve seen this Asian male, if they put that in a statement, they know full well they’re going to get in the s*** because why didn’t they do something about that?’
He went on: ‘It may be that if we went to speak to that person, they might turn around and say, “I didn’t see anything like that”,’ the court heard.
He later added: ‘Opinions have changed now. Now we identify that as child abuse. Before they’d see it as sort of a lovesick teenager who keeps going back to this fella.’
Earlier in the trial, the jury heard that police allegedly missed the chance to spare another young girl an appalling sexual abuse ordeal by accusing her of lying when she turned to them for help.
Seven people are standing trial over the alleged grooming ring. Pictured left to right: Qurban Ali, Arshid Hussein, Karen Macgregor, Shelley Davies, Majid Bostan and Sajid Bostan
More here. H/T: Buck