Four to face trial over Burnley teenager rape claims

FOUR men have appeared in court charged with raping a girl in Burnley.

Wednesday, 24th October 2012, 9:47 am

A 16-year-old girl was found by a man walking his dog on the canal towpath close to Barden Lane in Burnley at 6am on Saturday, September 29th.

It is alleged that the girl met the men in the Barden Lane area of Burnley before she was taken to a house where she was attacked. Then she was allegedly left alongside the Leeds Liverpool canal the next morning.

Mohammed Qasim (25) of Berry Street, Brierfield, was charged with possession of a class B drug and rape.

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Mohammed Rizwan Sikander (24) of Colne Road, Burnley, was charged with rape. Amad Khan (25) of Whalley Street, Burnley, was charged with possession of a class B drug and rape.

A 19-year-old man from Burnley, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged with rape.

All the defendants were rleased on bail to appear again at Burnley Crown Court on January 7th for a plea and case management hearing. A five day trial date has been set to begin on May 7th.