Bullfinch: Woman tells jury she will "never forget" man accused of rape

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A YOUNG woman has today told a jury she will "never forget" a man who raped her when she was 14.

The witness, now in her 20s, was being questioned by a defence barrister on the sixth day of the Old Bailey trial of nine men accused of running a child sex exploitation ring in Oxford.

All defendants deny 79 charges which include rape and sex trafficking between 2004 and 2012.

The witness, described as a Girl 2 as she cannot be named, says Kamar Jamil and brothers Akhtar and Anjum Dogar abused her between July and September in 2006 while she was living at a children's home.

She says Anjum "Jammy" Dogar made her perform a sex act on him in a park.

When asked by Lee Karu, defending Anjum Dogar, if she knew what his client looked like, she said: "I'd never forget him."

She said the 30-year-old was tall, with dark short hair, and wore a black leather jacket.

But Mr Karu said: "Either, when you say Jammy was there, you have got the wrong man - you are muddled up. Or this didn't happen."

The woman said: "Not at all. It did happen."

The jury also heard a recording from a police interview in May last year.

In the recording the woman told police she did not say anything earlier about the abuse as she was afraid what would happen when the men were released.

She also said: "The police wouldn't believe a young person. They would probably think I was making it up.

"I was only small and little myself."

Prosecutor Noel Lucas asked the woman if she had lied to the jury.

She said: "No, I haven't."

When asked why she was only prepared to talk to the police last year, she said: "They (the police) told me it had been happening to other girls. I thought I would put down my statement so it could be stopped happening to other girls."

She also said she was too scared of the men before. She said: "I wouldn't even go to Oxford because I was so frightened."

The witness has now finished giving evidence.

Oxfordshire County Council's chief executive Joanna Simons and the director of children's services Jim Leivers have been in courtroom eight to watch proceedings.

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