Brierfield child sex claims: five acquitted

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A BRIERFIELD man has admitted three offences of child abduction and one of sexual activity with a child.

Mohammed Imran Amjad (26), of Halifax Road, pleaded guilty to the offences on a girl, who was aged between 13 and 15 at the time, part way through a trial at Manchester Crown Court.

The offences were said to have happened between April and September 2010 at an address in Sackville Street, Brierfield.

Amjad had initially denied the charges. He was acquitted on direction of the judge of other charges of rape and aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring rape, encouraging or assisting an offence and witness intimidation.

The judge adjourned sentencing until April 26th.

Five other men – Haroon Mahmood (22), of John Street, Mohammed Suleman Farooq (23), of Berry Street, Omar Mazafer (22), of Halifax Road, Mohammed Zeeshan Amjad (25), of Halifax Road, and Shiraz Afzal (26), of Mansfield Crescent, all Brierfield, were acquitted on direction of the judge of various sex offences against the same girl.

Det. Chief Insp. Sion Hall, of Burnley Police, said: “This has been a long and complicated investigation and we have worked extremely hard with the victim over a long period of time in order to gain her trust. “She has been very brave and courageous throughout the case and we will continue to offer her and her family help and support for as long as it is needed.

“This type of predatory crime will not be tolerated and we will continue to target, warn and prosecute offenders to hit home the message that this type of behaviour is not just unacceptable, it is criminal.”