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Oxford Abuse Trial: Girl, 14, Persuaded To Drop Rape Charge Against Bassam Karrar

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A 14-year-old girl who was beaten up and repeatedly raped by a man accused of being involved in a child prostitution ring was persuaded to drop her complaint to police, a court has heard.

Bassam Karrar, 32, allegedly abused the girl while he was high on cocaine in a house in Oxford when she refused to have sex with him, the Old Bailey was told on Thursday.

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Artist impression of the defendants at the Old Bailey including Bassam Karrar (fourth from right)

The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reported Karrar to police but was persuaded to withdraw her complaint by a girl who was "seeing" the defendant at the time, jurors were told.

Karrar is one of nine men from the Oxford area who deny 51 counts, including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution involving six girls aged between 11 and 15 between 2004 and last year.

The accused include two sets of brothers, Karrar and Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 30.

The others are Kamar Jamil, 27, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, Bilal Ahmed, 26, and Mohammed Hussain, 24.

The court heard police were called to an incident in November 2006 following reports of a girl being attacked.

A neighbour had overheard a row and called police, who found the girl in the basement "extremely distressed, crying and shaking", prosecutor Noel Lucas QC said.

The youngster had told Karrar she was pregnant in a bid to stop the violence but this only incensed him further and he began shouting verbal abuse, he added.

The girl told police she had been held against her will, raped and repeatedly smacked in the face.

She also claimed her head had been held under a shower and that she had been injected with a drug, the court heard.

The girl was taken to a police station - where photographs were taken of her injuries - but she later dropped her complaint.

Jurors heard that a second girl aged 14 also spoke to police after she was found in a property with two of the defendants.

In August 2006, officers were called to a flat in Oxford where they discovered the teenager with an Asian man.

Anjum Dogar then arrived at the flat with a can of lager before Akhtar Dogar turned up with a "large bundle of money" and a condom, the court heard.

The girl later admitted to police to having sex with at least two of the men and said she had run away from a children's home, Mr Lucas said.

The trial has already heard that a third girl spoke to police about alleged abuse by the men in 2006.

In February that year, she reported to police that she had been held against her will by two Asian men.

She claimed they had forced her to snort cocaine and left her in an unconscious state, the court has previously heard.

Then, in September 2006, the girl told police she had had sex with one of the defendants - Akhtar Dogar - and another man in a park in exchange for drugs.

The girl was examined by a doctor, who found injuries consistent with "forceful oral sex", the court heard.

Dogar was interviewed by police about the allegation on 13 September 2006 but denied rape, suggesting the girl had mistaken him for another Asian male, Mr Lucas said.

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