Men Deny Oxford Abuse Ring
28 September 2012, 13:10
Nine men have denied being part of a child prostitution ring in Oxford.
It took 40 minutes for the 51 charges to be read and their not guilty pleas to be recorded.
The nine men stood in the dock of the Old Bailey as they denied counts which included child rape, trafficking and organising prostitution.
One of the six victims in the charges was said to have been first abused when she was 11 or 12, others when they were 13.
Court clerk Kevin Roach had to stop at one point to take a sip of water and by count 36, he sat down to continue reading the lengthy details.
The men, all from the Oxford area, were remanded in custody to face an eight-week trial on January 14.
The accused included two sets of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 31, and Anjum Dogar, 30, and Bassam Karrar, 32, and Mohammed Karrar, 37.
The others were Kamir Jamil, 26, Zeeshan Ahmed, 26, Assad Hussain, 31, Bilal Ahmed, 25, and Mohammed Hussain, 24.
Judge Peter Rook said they would appear at pre-trial hearings in November and December.