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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Carlisle takeaway boss in child prostitution trial lived a double life – court

A takeaway boss has been accused of living a double life – being a family man with a wife and children but doing things with girls and women on the side.

Azad Miah photo
Azad Miah

Related: Carlisle takeaway boss denies giving young women money for sex

Prosecutor Tim Evans said Azad Miah was “living a lie” and that he had been “dishonest” over many years to his wife.

Miah, 44, who ran the Spice of India on Botchergate in Carlisle, said: “My family don’t know anything about it.”

Mr Evans said that the lack of knowledge Miah showed regarding the girls was because to him they were “just sex” and “not even people”.

Miah told the court that a girl he had a relationship with never told him about problems in her life, like drug taking.

He said the girl, who the prosecution claim was 14 at the time, never spoke about her drug addiction to him. He said he only met her in 2008 and didn’t know her in 2005, when she was 14.

Miah, who is on trial for inciting child prostitution and paying for the sexual services of a child, has denied paying girls for sex. At Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, prosecutor Tim Evans, suggested to Miah that the girl was not his friend and she was his prostitute.

“No,” Miah said.

Mr Evans added: “I suggest you weren’t bothered about her drug-taking because you knew it was the key to getting sex from her, because you are a sex addict Mr Miah.”

“No,” he said.

On day 10 of the trial, the father-of four was asked what a man in his forties had in common with young girls.

Mr Evans said: “Do you know what 16-year-old girls are into, pop music and the like? Are you a Justin Bieber fan?

Miah replied: “Who is Justin Bieber?”

“So you don’t know who Justin Bieber is or the bands the girls are into or what they watch on TV?” said Mr Evans.

“I don’t have time to watch television,” said Miah.

Mr Evans added: “My point is this, you are a man in your forties and these were young girls. What exactly did you have in common when you text them?”

Miah said: “As a friend, nothing else.”

Mr Evans said: “You can’t tell us why you were really texting them because the answer is that you were texting for sex.”

Miah replied: “I have done nothing wrong. Why didn’t the girl show the texts to the police?”

After questioning Miah about the success of his businesses, Mr Evans said: “It’s a very generous thing to be giving money away to people who are not in your family. You would say you’re a very generous man.

“Yes,” said Miah.

Mr Evans said: “I would say you are doing it to get sex from young girls.”

Miah denies nine counts of paying for the sexual services of a child between 2005 and 2009, eight of inciting child prostitution between 2007 and 2011 and one count of keeping a brothel between 2005 and 2011.

The trial continues.

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